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1. BANGLADESH INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM (BIGF)  

Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum (BIGF) is a multi-stakeholder organization in association with the UN Internet Governance Forum (UN IGF). It is working in Bangladesh with a view to guiding and creating ideas on internet usage in Bangladesh .People from civil society, organizations, government, corporate sectors, technical sectors, media and academia are engaged in this domestic independent forum to create partnerships, coalitions and dialogues that demonstrate best practices and help us to move the policy forward. BIGF members have attended 4th IGF in Sharm EL Sheikh, Egypt in 2009, 5th IGF in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2010 and the First Asia -Pacific Regional IGF (APrIGF) in Hong Kong on 14-17th June, 2010. Every year BIGF arrange consultation regarding IGF in Bangladesh.

The objectives of BIGF is to support the establishment of a national forum of multi-stakeholder that is specialized in internet governance issues; to promote the development of internet governance as a recognized, interdisciplinary field of study, dialogue and research; to link theoretical and applied research and policy on internet governance; and to facilitate informed dialogue on policy issues and related matters between internet governance stakeholders (Government, private sector, civil society, media and academia).

2. BIGF MEETING

The BIGF meeting was held in conference room of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission(BTRC) , Dhaka Tuesday 8, May 2012 just before the forum of United Nations World Summit on Information Society from 14-18 May, in Geneva with support from Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC) and Monthly Computer Jagat.

Beside Internet governance, UN WSIS action plan, broadband commission for digital development, Bangla domain management, Value added Services (VAS), achievement on IGF are widely discussed in this consultation.
Two articles were presented in the meeting by Reza Selim, Project Manager of AMADER GRAM,  Lt. Cornel Rakibul Hasan, Director, and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

A general discussion took place afterwards covering usages of Internet in Bangladesh, Internet domain matters and management, internet cost and speed, ICT policies and plan ,BTRC service’s problems and solutions.

3. Discussions:

At the meeting, Hasanul Haq Inu, the Honorable Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee for the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, was present as chief guest and Major General Zia Ahmed,psc (Retd.), the Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, was present as special guest. Under the moderation of Dr. Akram H. Chowdhury, Honorable MP, and Chairperson, Center for e-Parliament Research, two articles written by Reza Selim, Project Manager of AMADER GRAM and Lieutenant Colonel Rakibul Hassan, the director of BTRC, were presented at the event.
Hasanul Haq Inu, the Honorable MP and the Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee for the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication as the chief guest said:
v    “We got chance to include Bangla in top level domain by participating past IGF conferences. Bangladesh government has no official participation in events like Internet Governance Forum to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Our country will be benefited, if we can officially participate by government in this kind of conference.”
v    “Government should deduct 15% vat from internet usage and all taxes be 0% on equipments to import internet”

He informed about Government short-term and long-term steps and policies in ICT sector. There should be a regulatory authority on implementing government policies. He also emphasized on affordability and availability of internet to the mass people for development of entire country.
On that meeting, Reza Selim, Project Manager of AMADER GRAM presented the article on Broadband Commission for digital development. He gave a clear view on WSIS target including YES capacity and suggestions to achieve the targets. He emphasized on:

Immediate need of High-speed internet in our country. Around 4% of our population use internet which is increasing day by day through mobile phone and wimax. People are getting involved with internet rapidly. So, we need high speed internet

Achieving WSIS targets considering MDG within 2015.Connecting villages, building community access points, connecting universities, colleges ,schools ,libraries, digitalizing museum , post office, health center , making basic websites and e-mail for each central government, adopting primary & secondary education with IT, developing content of internet are our achievable target of last WSIS.

YES capacity to achieve WSIS goals like internet policy, telecommunication policy, increasing internet subscriber, employment opportunities , high demand were got emphasized in his speech.
Lieutenant Colonel Rakibul Hassan, the director of BTRC, discussed on Bangla domain management. He presented Bangla domain management model. He discussed how Bangla domain administration model can be profitable and smartly progressive .

4. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS    
WSIS Targets
To meet the challenges of information society making community access point, taking under connectivity all the universities, secondary schools, primary schools, research center, museum, public library, archive, and health center, hospital, central and local Govt. was the WSIS targets. Here taking under connectivity means making email and website for targeted institutes.

Internet users and subscriber
In the discussion, there discussed one of the positive sides to meet the challenges of information society of Bangladesh is better rate of internet subscriber in mobile phone. Internet subscriber means people who are internet enabled by mobile phone. But, most of the subscribers are not users as we do not have enough Bangla content.

YES capacity
YES capacities to attain WSIS targets were discussed. Internet subscriber, possibilities to outsourcing, internet related service and products. According to ITU we have better internet user rate. We can utilize this. IT Outsourcing is starting an era of possibilities. We can utilize this.
Internet Cost and Speed

Internet cost is still high for both single and multiple users. Though we are paying high we do not get high speed. It is one of the wrong steps to make internet available for general people. Internet is still out of general people in Bangladesh.


VAS (Value Added Service) policies
Discussion on this topic focused on updating VAS policies. Operators occupied more profit than VAS providers. That’s why VAS Providers are discouraging to serve latest and creative services.

 
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