The ITU’s recently released Measuring the Information Society 2015 report highlighted the progress we’ve made toward increasing access to affordable Internet across the globe. Two findings stand out:
- By early 2015, 111 countries — including all of the world’s developed countries and 67 developing countries — had achieved the UN Broadband Commission’s 2015 target of entry-level broadband (i.e., 500MB of prepaid mobile broadband) priced at 5% or less of a country’s average monthly income.
- In many developing countries, reaching the 5% target has not translated into increased Internet use and adoption. For example, three of the four African countries in which A4AI works have met the 5% target or are very close — Ghana (4.48%), Nigeria (5.4%) and Mozambique (6.28%) — yet all three countries have unique mobile broadband subscription rates below 15% (GSMA Intelligence, 2014).
We believe now is the time to redefine "affordability" and to set a new target — and we need your help. Read the full blog post and tell us how you would define "affordable" Internet.
Will reducing costs to 4% of average monthly income be enough for those still offline today to afford to connect? How relevant is a 500MB target in our data-hungry and increasingly data-dependent world? What would be a target that is both realistic and likely to have greater impact on access, particularly amongst the last billions to connect?