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UN Broadband Commission adopts A4AI’s 2% affordability target




The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) team is thrilled. Why? Well, there is an exciting news out of Davos: The UN Broadband Commission has just adopted the Alliance’s “1 for 2” affordability target!

At a joint meeting of the Commission and the World Economic Forum Tuesday, the Commission launched a set of seven ambitious 2025 targets designed to connect the 50% of the world still offline and, more widely, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set in 2015.

As you all know, A4AI first proposed a new “1 for 2” affordability target in her 2015-16 Affordability Report; since then, encouraging adoption of the “1 for 2” affordability target has been at the heart of much of her advocacy work.

“We are delighted and encouraged to see the UN adopt this target, and to join Nigeria, Ghana and ECOWAS in working toward an affordability threshold that should enable billions more to be able to afford entry-level broadband access”, the Alliance said Tuesday.

The full list of the Commission’s 2025 Targets, which are pasted below, lay out a number of other relevant goals, including for all countries to have funded national broadband plans, and a call for gender equality across all targets.

Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development 2025 Targets:

  • By 2025, all countries should have a funded national broadband plan or strategy, or include broadband in their universal access and services definition.


  • By 2025, entry-level broadband services should be made affordable in developing countries, at less than 2% of monthly gross national income per capita.


  • By 2025 broadband / Internet user penetration should reach: 75% worldwide, 65% in developing countries, and 35% in least developed countries.


  • By 2025, 60% of youth and adults should have achieved at least a minimum level of proficiency in sustainable digital skills.


  • By 2025, 40% of the world’s population should be using digital financial services.


  • By 2025, unconnectedness of Micro-, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises should be reduced by 50%, by sector.


  • By 2025, gender equality should be achieved across all targets.


The Alliance says it looks forward to working with partners to build on this exciting milestone and to continue progress toward affordable internet in 2018!

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) is a global coalition of public sector, private sector, and civil society organizations working to advance the shared mission of affordable internet access for all.

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