There have been several attempts, many running concurrently, to bring free or cheap internet access to the less fortunate in the United States and around the world. Now, there’s a player that might be able to make the dream a reality.
The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) is a new technology industry group launched publicly today that aims to make Internet access cheaper and more accessible in developing markets.
Initially announced by Hilary Clinton back in February and over one year in the making, the public-private initiative is supported by over 30 companies and organizations, including Microsoft, Google, Intel, Yahoo and Facebook. The goal is to lead policy development in developing markets, where it is claimed that one month of Internet access can be equivalent to two months of wages for a worker.