For a company whose vision is “to be the company connecting people, content, and commerce through a single global Internet”, Facebook and ONE’s Connectivity Declaration calling for universal Internet access has a lot of resonance with Dyn.
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 7 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. In conjunction with Facebook, the ONE organization recently launched the Connectivity Declaration, which can be boiled down to one sentence: The Internet should be accessible by everyone.
The signers of the Connectivity Declaration reads like a “Who’s Who” of leaders from the technology industry, global development community, and the arts and entertainment field, including Mark Zuckerberg, Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates, Mo Ibrahim, George Takei, Richard Branson, Jimmy Wales, Arianna Huffington, Ushahidi, action/2015, ONE Campaign, Save the Children, and many more.
Why the Connectivity Declaration is Important
I, personally, am among those supporting the declaration because Dyn firmly believes that when people have access to the tools and knowledge of the Internet, they have access to opportunities that make life better for us all.
Think of the ability the Internet has given us to communicate and collaborate with anyone, anywhere. Imagine being able to study at one of the world’s great universities or having access to global libraries without having to worry about travel. Think of how our being able to share information about jobs, education, healthcare, banking, human rights, and government transparency has already changed the social landscape.
57 Percent of the World is Still Offline
While access to the Internet is approaching saturation levels in the developed world, nearly 4 billion people—57% of the world’s people—remain offline and unable to take advantage of the enormous economic and social benefits the Internet can offer, according to “The State of Broadband 2015”, a report from the Broadband Commission released in September. The situation in the 48 UN-designated Least Developed Countries is particularly dire, with over 90% of people in those areas without any kind of Internet connectivity.
I don’t want to give the impression that the report paints a completely bleak picture. It also notes that 3.2 billion people are now connected to the Internet, up from 2.9 billion in 2014, with a mere 40 million back in 1995.
But the challenge to come is about bridging the digital divide and connecting the 4 billion people yet to come online. Our work will be in extending present-day networks outside the urban areas where they’ve been classically located into remote areas and upgrading networks to cope with the subsequent growth in traffic.
Helping customers meet those challenges through our Internet Intelligence and Traffic Management solutions will be a major goal — and major opportunity — for Dyn in the coming years. I urge you to read the Connectivity Declaration and State of Broadband report and, as always, if you have questions or comments, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @kyork20.