An Alliance to Bring Affordable Internet Access in Poor Countries

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has jointly been created by Google, the US Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development and the philanthropic organisation run by Ebay founder, the Omidyar network. It aims at lowering internet costs in the poorer parts of the globe, by fostering better national policies and regulatory practices.

The UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development had set as goal the price reduction of entry-level broadband services from 30% to 5% of monthly income worldwide. The Alliance will – together with its high-tech partners such as Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Intel, and Ericsson – strive in the same direction, by engaging with 10 countries by the end of 2015.