Google, Microsoft and others team up to make Internet access cheaper

Making broadband Internet access cheaper to purchase worldwide is the goal of a new group that has Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook and Intel among its members. The group is called Alliance for Affordable Internet, which was announced today.

The A4AI's press release states that their goal is to bring entry level broadband Internet access worldwide, but with a price tag that would cost below five percent of a person's monthly income. Currently, it is estimated that people in developing countries have to pay as much as 30 percent of their monthly income to get that same amount of broadband access.

The group will look into promoting changes in policy and regulations in many countries where the price of Internet access is artificially high. The A4AI will start working with the governments of three or four countries by the end of 2013 and 12 countries by the end of 2015. It will also issue an annual Internet affordability report, with the first released by the end of 2013. The press release adds that the groups members, " ... have a belief that that policy reform, underpinned by robust research and genuine knowledge - sharing, is one of the best ways to unlock rapid gains in Internet penetration rates."

Earlier this summer, Google announced a new effort called Project Loom which hopes to bring Internet access to parts of the world via floating balloons. Microsoft has also made inroads in making Internet access more available in parts of Africa thanks to their their 4Afrika Initiative.

Source: A4AI | Image via A4AI

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ROFLCOPTERS said,

Assuming you live in the "developed world" do you wake up every morning feeling guilty about having electricity or running water? Or that you earn more in a day than some dude in Sudan earns in a month? Of course you don't. Why? It's not your fault or your responsibility to "fix".

Hope your "Made in Bangladesh" shirt doesn't get caught up on a door handle and rip while you're "checking your privilege"

No, you are right. I don't wake up every morning feeling guilty for my privileges. But when I read an article about companies helping those less fortunate I don't "but I want more stuff before you start helping them". That is a disgusting attitude and one that for which anyone who has it should feel guilty.

If there was a serious issue in america with broadband speeds that wasn't being addressed and they did this then maybe it would warrant a response like that of Mr.XXIV. But there isn't. He is just mind bogglingly selfish.

Mr.XXIV said,
I'm 20. I work for Apple as a Mac Expert in the Sales Department, at home. I live in my own apartment, working on financing my own car and finding ways to make development more efficient as I work on my coming networks. There's no such thing as a privilege as being a Web Developer with any kind of internet access. I've developed sites using the internet of my phone instead of being able to afford fast internet.

Forget the poor, how about the governments or the rich aren't working on investments in those countries? If you think about it, the more internet access the people without get, the more the companies are gonna be able to invest on their own wealth. I'm not sure if you get what they're doing. It's not a scheme, but it is a pyramid..technically.

Investments, investments. We've all had it hard to some extent.

These companies will benefit from this as they will likely gain more users, but the countries that gain fast internet access will benefit far more.

"There's no such thing as a privilege as being a Web Developer with any kind of internet access."

What does that even mean. Are you saying you aren't privileged to have had internet access when learning web development? I'm a programmer (and web developer in my spare time) myself and I know that without being able to afford a computer or internet access I would have found it almost impossible to get to where I am today.

Trust me, if I could get the entire world to use Fiber Optics, I would. 10Gbps sounds so perfect to me if I were to run multiple Dedicated Servers in my house when I manage to build up an amazing network.

When I wasn't in my own house, internet is considered a privilege to me. Having to work to make a living and maintain yourself and the company. I could care less about much. There are many who may make money, but waste so much of it on the wrong things. Many with bad credit history and many who don't know about the benefits of our generations upgrades.

There's a tiny country that supports WiFi throughout the entire land...island.

M4x1mus said,

No, you are right. I don't wake up every morning feeling guilty for my privileges. But when I read an article about companies helping those less fortunate I don't "but I want more stuff before you start helping them". That is a disgusting attitude and one that for which anyone who has it should feel guilty.

If there was a serious issue in america with broadband speeds that wasn't being addressed and they did this then maybe it would warrant a response like that of Mr.XXIV. But there isn't. He is just mind bogglingly selfish.

It's a competitive world wide market these days. It could actually be counter-productive to give other countries a leg up.

ROFLCOPTERS said,

It's a competitive world wide market these days. It could actually be counter-productive to give other countries a leg up.

Yeah... sure....
I'll take my global economics advice from someone not named ROFLCOPTERS if its all the same to you. But thanks for your input.

M4x1mus said,

Yeah... sure....
I'll take my global economics advice from someone not named ROFLCOPTERS if its all the same to you. But thanks for your input.

Your choice.

We could have very cheap service if content providers would agree to pay for the last mile bandwidth they use with their premium services. Currently we're all paying for part of a Netflix or Amazon prime service even if we don't use it.

Spicoli said,
We could have very cheap service if content providers would agree to pay for the last mile bandwidth they use with their premium services. Currently we're all paying for part of a Netflix or Amazon prime service even if we don't use it.

just stop that right now!

We can't expect these corporations to put their money where their mouth is? Obviously they're going to want cheap Internet as that's more customers and costs them nothing.

Spicoli said,
We can't expect these corporations to put their money where their mouth is? Obviously they're going to want cheap Internet as that's more customers and costs them nothing.

the last mile is paid for already by us, its our connection to anything on the internet. Its a slippery road once content provider x is paying isp y a fee for their customers (who already pay to access anything) to access a specific service. Thats when we start to see very odd behaviour with speed of access and blocked services.

..... because access to explicit content is a right not a privilege!!

Its good that there doing that, getting everyone connected and more people to play on battlefield with

Spicoli said,
And then the other side of the coin - The Internet is the best propaganda machine ever devised.

It is called evolution: once we had the radio, then the TV, now Internet. Tomorrow.... there will be something else.

Fritzly said,

It is called evolution: once we had the radio, then the TV, now Internet. Tomorrow.... there will be something else.

In Holland and several other EU countries, Internet is a right by law.

Shadowzz said,

In Holland and several other EU countries, Internet is a right by law.

Indeed, as well as, in many Countries, is illegal to sell Sim locked phones.

I dunno what's not affordable about 10 dollars a month for 20Megabit connection. Are they going to give us 1Gigabit for 5 dollars? :3

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