Google and many other tech giants who have stakes in the Internet are working on bringing more affordable internet access across the globe.
Jennifer Haroon, Access Principal of Google, wrote in a blog post, “Google is joining more than 30 members to launch the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a new coalition that cuts across boundaries of geography, sector, or size. Our goal? To help bring down Internet costs through policy change.”
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Google is already working on bringing the internet to more people via efforts like balloon-powered Internet access. Haroon wrote, “We broke new ground with balloon-powered Internet access, are bringing broadband to Africa with TV White Spaces, and are funding organizations like the Internet Society to develop Internet Exchange Points in emerging markets.”
A4AI has a very 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.
According to the ITU, users in the developing countries pay roughly 30% of monthly income for a fixed connection.