Broadband a vital utility for developing nations
In the UK we generally have a choice with regards to broadband, yes there are areas where coverage is still patchy, but compared to many nations the UK has enough broadband options to allow people to engage in the information age. The United Nations report on Conference on Trade and Development, has the report's author listing broadband as a something that should be considered a utility for developing nations. TelecomTV has the direct quotes.
Listing broadband as essential alongside water, food, sanitation and electricity sounds like a luxury, but as the developed nations economies adapt to the pace that wide-spread broadband can offer, those without the framework to support e-commerce for trading will lose out and find themselves increasingly locked out.