Should governments prioritize 100% digital access at low speeds over higher speed connections for the few?

Steve Song argues in favor of free low-speed access to the internet for everybody:

I’ve asked you to imagine a world where mobile phones connect to the Internet in the same way that they simply connect to the mobile phone network, where there are no data charges for very low data speeds.  On the surface at least it would seem that the benefits to both the public and private sector would dramatically outweigh the costs of doing this.  If we accept that the value of access is not directly proportional to speed of access and that there is huge value in even small amounts of data access, then perhaps a national strategy ought to focus on getting everyone connected at a modest, free rate as opposed to say 80% of the people at say 2Mbps? [link]

 

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