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Digital Equity: Should Internet Access Be Free for Everyone?
By GZERO Media (Eurasia Group) and Microsoft
Should Internet access be free for everyone? Maybe. But it’s complicated. There are approximately 3 billion people, nearly half the world’s population, who lack reliable, affordable access to the Internet. The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the chasm growing between connected and unconnected populations—in wealthy nations like the US and in the developing world. We all agree this is a problem, but the debate begins when we discuss viable solutions.