New Ideas for digital affordability Is a paradigm shift possible?

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Gerard Goggin

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digital affordability

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Affordability is an important and recurrent issue in telecommunications and the digital economy. With the rise of the Internet and mobiles, there have emerged a range of new ideas about addressing long-standing affordability issues. Yet it has been difficult for the interested policy actors to forge such ideas into a new paradigm, and even harder to gain a new consensus and public support. Accordingly, this paper considers this policy impasse, analyses leading directions, and argues for the importance of arriving at a new carefully coordinated and unified approach to affordability.

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