“Digital connectivity is widely taken for granted. Although 95% of the global population now lives in areas served by mobile broadband connectivity, billions of people still remain offline. That’s because far too many people in mostly low- and middle-income countries face barriers to access, such as affordability. “We need to address accessibility, affordability, and usability in the digital space,” TIME CEO Jessica Sibley told attendees at Davos’s AMERON Hotel, noting the importance of digital access in enhancing media literacy as “a backbone of democracy.” Hans Vestberg, the chairman and CEO of Verizon, which co-hosted the roundtable alongside TIME, echoed that urgency. “We cannot rest until everybody is included.””
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