Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)

The Alliance will promote affordable access to the Internet and reduce the gender gap associated with connectivity in low-income communities by working with governments and regulators and private sector partners.

Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) is a new public-private partnership in the form of a global coalition of more than 30 members committed to driving down the cost of internet access in less developed countries, with a focus on policy and regulatory reform. The Word Wide Web Foundation initiated the Alliance and will serve as its secretariat. Global sponsors of the Alliance are Google, Omidyar Network, the UK Department for International Development and USAID. Other members include: ICT companies from developing and developed nations; global, national and regional civil society organizations; and public sector and academic institutions.

Its primary goal is to see the UN Broadband Commission Broadband Target of entry-level broadband services priced at less than 5% of average monthly income realized. In working towards this vision, A4AI hopes to help billions more users to come online (with a particular focus on low-income countries) and to make universal access a reality. A4AI has a clear focus on policy and regulatory change. The Alliance’s added value lies in bringing major players together across sectors and geographies to generate both the will and incentives to drive change. By unifying diverse actors in pursuit of a goal that delivers both social and commercial dividends, we hope to achieve a much bigger impact than any one actor could achieve on their own. The Alliance will work closely with national governments – two to three countries in year one, expanding to 10 – 12 in years two and three.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • United States Department of State (DOS)

    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The United States Department of State (DoS) is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States. The Department was created in 1789 and...

  • Department for International Development (DFID)

    Funding Agencies
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is tackling the global challenges of time including poverty and disease, mass...

  • Omidyar Network

    Service Providers, Investment & Finance
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 101-250

    Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay...

  • World Wide Web Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    The World Wide Web Foundation was established in 2009 by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee to advance the open Web as a public good and a basic right. It is building a future in which the Web...

  • Cisco Systems

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Cisco enables people to make powerful connections-whether in business, education, philanthropy, or creativity. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet...

  • Intel Corporation

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Intel Corporation is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Intel is the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip...


    Staff size: 26-50 uses Google's strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges. builds technology products to...

  • Microsoft Corporation

    Service Providers, Development Consulting
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Microsoft provides support to communities in three ways: technology skills training, strengthening nongovernmental organizations through technology, and engaging our employees in their...

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  • Start Date 2013