Background paper

Combinations for Connectivity

May, C and True, Z. 2019. Combinations for Connectivity. Pathways for Prosperity Commission Background Paper Series; no. 27. Oxford. United Kingdom

Expanding internet connectivity is expected to have significant benefits to society, but nearly half of the global population, largely residing in developing countries, either do not have access to or do not use the Internet to its full potential. Closing the digital divide will require concerted, coordinated effort to expand the supply of connectivity to untouched regions, and demonstrate value to individuals who do not opt into services. This paper explores recent trends in the provision of internet connectivity, barriers to increasing both supply and demand of services, and the potential of technology, business models, and policies to work together to make meaningful and sustained impact.