While Internet use grew during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Broadband Commission report reveals the urgent need for broadband connectivity that is fit for purpose in terms of affordability and accessibility.
Broadband played a central role in this uptake after the pandemic shifted much of daily life online, from remote work and learning to online shopping and banking and even medical consultations using e-health applications.
At the same time, COVID-19 brought the digital divide into sharp relief. Today, 2.7 billion people have yet to access the Internet, causing them to miss out on digital public services and other opportunities unlocked by broadband connectivity.
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