Blair Levin, Paul De Sa, and I have written a paper, just published by the Migration Policy Institute, that lays out a strategy for increasing connectivity for refugees and the communities that host them. Read it here.
The importance of connectivity for refugees is widely recognized and easily understood. To date, efforts to increase internet access have often taken the form of one-off projects–e.g., to open “internet cafes” in camps and settlements, extend service by adding a tower, or provide refugees with phones or other devices. Our paper suggests a model that works with more broadly through national broadband plans to induce expansion by private providers while driving down costs to consumers.
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