Building a 21st century communications economy

CDP has developed a new paper outlining the opportunity to forge more sustainable economic growth.

If the 19th century experienced an agricultural revolution and the 20th century one of manufacturing, we believe the 21st century will be the century of a communications revolution – where economic value will increasingly reside in bits and bytes, rather than in the atoms and molecules of products and commodities. In the future economic opportunity will no longer be limited by time, distance, resource constraints or geography.

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This paper highlights how investing in a robust, reliable and high speed communications network could have significant economic, environmental and social benefits. It can help change the way we live, work and play so that we decrease the environmental impact and not our quality of life.

"The world as we know it is changing, to a world that is cleaner, more inclusive and unconstrained by where you live. The key to unlocking the potential of all these technologies is an efficient and reliable communications network. We have an opportunity to grow our economy with less environmental impact, and fundamentally transform the way we live, work and play. Economic value will increasingly reside in bits and bytes, rather than molecules and atoms of products and commodities, in effect, decoupling greenhouse gas emissions from growth."

- Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman, CDP

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