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Affordability Report 2021

The 2021 Affordability Report, released in December 2021, takes stock of connectivity trends today to suggest a new future for Universal Service & Access Funds. It builds from broader theories of industrial policy — namely the ‘moonshot thinking’ that relates to…

Mobile Broadband Pricing

The latest edition of our mobile pricing data shows that 1GB of mobile broadband data became less affordable in 2021 than the previous year. This had significant consequences for people who greatly needed of internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Meaningful Connectivity – Rural Report

The reach and quality of internet access in the world is a consequence of the broadband policies we have.  Meaningful connectivity is a valuable policy objective — and meaningful connectivity in rural areas specifically — because of the tremendous potential…

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Advancing Meaningful Connectivity: Towards Active and Participatory Digital Societies

In this new report we describe how, while two in three people are now online according to the current definition of internet access, billions lack the meaningful connectivity they need to make the most of the internet. This report is…

The Costs of Exclusion: South Asia Regional Report

Read the Report Here This report closes a three-part series on the economic consequences of the digital gender gap, the Costs of Exclusion. From this series, we have discovered that the costs are not just personal or economic — women’s…

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Costs of Exclusion Report

The Costs of Exclusion: Governments are missing out on hundreds of billions of dollars because of the digital gender gap Across the world, millions of people are still unable to access the internet and participate online — and women are…

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Costs of Exclusion: West Africa Report

“It [the internet] allowed us to transcend public barriers; It has made our world like a small village. It was [a] big support actually.” – Patricia Zoundi Yao, founder of Canaan Land and Costs of Exclusion interviewee. The Costs of…

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Sustainable Access Report

A huge responsibility lies ahead to connect the remaining half of the world’s population to the internet. But at what environmental cost? Nearly half the world remains unconnected from the internet. We need broadband policy that can connect the next…

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Device Pricing 2021

Smartphone ownership is one of the four pillars of meaningful connectivity, and for many people, the high cost of these devices is a persistent reason for why they don’t use the internet. Following our publication of From Luxury to Lifeline…

Universal Service and Access Funds: An Untapped Resource to Close the Gender Digital Divide

Universal Service and Access Funds (USAFs) are communal public funds dedicated to expanding internet connectivity and access opportunities for those least likely to be connected through market forces alone. This report, Universal Service and Access Funds: An Untapped Resource to Close…