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.