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A new report from presents a sobering look at the state of global Internet access: there’s growth, but it’s slowing.

InternetOrgState of Connectivity: 2014” from the Facebook-backed organization estimates there are three billion people online, worldwide. That, the report states, is 37.9% of the global population that “use the Internet once a year.”

Disparities become clear by the state of development in a country. What calls developed countries have a 78% online access rate; developing countries, only 32%.

And the rate of growth of Internet access is dramatically slowing: 6.6% in 2014 compared to the 14.7% of four years earlier. concludes that three factors — infrastructure, affordability and relevance — need to be addressed “in order for the entire world to connect to the internet.”

The full report can be downloaded here.


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