The Broadband Commission for Digital Development (BCDD) has urged the G20 to commit to the development of global broadband networks.
As political leaders from the world's largest economies convene in Mexico, the BCDD has called for greater focus on delivering the benefits of broadband to societies across the world.
"Investments in broadband have a vital role to play, both in moving the global economy back onto a higher growth trajectory, and in generating sustainable social and economic growth," the body stated.
"Like water, roads, rail and electricity before it, broadband is of fundamental importance to the social and economic development of all nations."
However, the BCDD said investments must not only be focused only on infrastructure development.
They must also provide for advanced online services, locally relevant content and services, and support for media and information literacy development to address inequity and deliver broadband inclusion for all, it claimed.
"In the Information Society of the 21st century, countries must make the necessary investments to enable their citizens to participate in and benefit from the digital economy and globally-spread innovation," the BCDD added.
"In particular, broadband-enabled technologies are stimulating fresh innovation and inspiring a new generation of digital entrepreneurs to create new applications, services, and content."
The body claimed that broadband "moves innovation into people's hands and homes", allowing end users to take on new roles as entrepreneurs, software developers, lobbyists, activists, journalists and other content generators.
"The digital era will produce a whole new range of digital careers and industries which do not yet exist and are hardly even imaginable today," the BCDD added.
"In planning the roll-out and development of broadband networks, a mix of technologies will typically be required, recognising the varying needs of users and the complementary roles of both fixed and mobile solutions."
BCDD said the aim is not to promote any particular technological solution, but to deliver the benefits of broadband to all global citizens.