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Alliance for Affordable Internet – A4AI

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Alliance for Affordable Internet – A4AI

A4AI is a broad coalition working to drive down the cost of broadband access via policy and regulatory change, underpinned by research and knowledge sharing. The Alliance has a diverse, globally representative membership drawn from the public sector, private sector and civil society. Over half the world’s population — equivalent to more than 4 billion people — remain unconnected to the Internet, entrenching a digital divide that severely hampers development and socio-economic progress. Most of those offline are women, and the majority live in the developing world. Affordability remains a key barrier to access: for the most part, those not connected to the Internet are not online because they cannot afford to be. For Norwegians, constant access to fast, uncapped broadband costs little more than the latte many buy every day on the way to the office; for Nigerians, just 500MB of mobile prepaid data can cost more than they spend on their children’s education. By uniting diverse voices around a common goal and promoting sound, evidence-based policymaking, we believe A4AI’s coordinated approach offers the best chance for effecting the policy and regulatory changes needed to drive down costs and expand access. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Start Up Resources for the Entrepreneur 2018 white paper.

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