Alliance for Affordable Internet aims to provide Cheap Access to Internet in Poor Countries
Internet costs could see a cut of 30% of monthly income to five percent in poor countries. Well, this is what the alliance for Affordable Internet is aiming for. The US and UK government agencies, Facebook, and Microsoft are among other members.
Google, US and UK government organizations and a raft of high-tech partners have made an announcement for the Alliance for Affordable Internet on Monday in a bid to bring internet access to the world's billions.
Google is one of the four founders of the alliance. Others include the US Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development, and the Omidyar network.
The aim behind this is to draw the attention of countries towards policy and regulatory change in order to foster better wireless and wired Internet access.
"A4AI has a specific goal in mind: to reach the UN Broadband Commission target of entry-level broadband access priced at less than 5% of monthly income worldwide", said Jennifer Haroon, principal executive of Google's access program, in a blog post.
According to a statement of the UN's International Telecommunications Union, a fixed Internet connection costs about six times of that in developing countries, or about 30% of monthly income. The organization is hoping to team up with 10 countries by the end of 2015.
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