Google, Microsoft, Intel and Facebook Partner On Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)
Google, Microsoft, Intel, and Facebook has announced today that they are forming the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). The A4AI is a coalition of private and non-profit companies that are going to focus on policy and regulatory reforms to push for lower Internet prices in developing countries. A4AI wants to push for the price of the Internet at under 5% of monthly income worldwide, which is a target that was set by the UN Broadband Commission.
By reaching this goal, it will connect two-thirds of the world that is not connected to the Internet. Around 1.1 billion households are not connected to the Internet in the developing world, according to the ITU. The ITU focuses on connecting the developing world. Around 31% of the population is online in the developing world compared to 77% of the developed world.
At the end of this year, telecommunications carriers are going to be supporting 6.8 billion total mobile-cellular subscriptions worldwide. These groups came together because they believe that the companies can achieve a better impact rather than one company trying the policy on their own. This group will be working with national governments at 2 to 3 countries for the first year. They will be expanding to between 10 and 12 over the next couple of years.