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Thursday, September 4 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
WS163: Building alliances to enhance Internet affordability

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The Alliance for Affordable Internet’s Affordability Index of 2013 shows that the UN Broadband Commission target of entry-level broadband services priced at less than 5 percent of average monthly income is far from attainable at present. In the 46 developing countries A4AI studied, the cost of entry-level broadband exceeds on average 40 percent of monthly income for people living on $2/day, and in many countries exceeds 80 percent or even 100 percent of monthly income.

Technological solutions to this challenge are progressing apace, but the best technologies in the world will be rendered useless if policies and regulations governing access keep prices artificially high. Drawing upon the expertise of A4AI’s 55+ diverse members, this proposed workshop will explore and debate concrete policy examples that are designed to enhance affordability in emerging and developing countries and invite perspectives from diverse actors. What is working, what isn’t and how do we adapt some universal lessons and apply these to unique jurisdictions?

The workshop will also spur debate by sharing interim research results of the Affordability Index 2014. We hope that participants will help to shape the discourse and A4AI’s current and future policy recommendations towards greater access for the billions – three in five people globally - that are yet to be connected by broadband.


Sonia Jorge

Executive Director, Alliance For Affordable Internet
Sonia N. Jorge is an expert in the confluence of development and communications policy. She has over 20 years of diverse international experience in a career spanning both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Her work has included ICT policy and regulatory advice and analysis, strategic industry planning, national ICT/broadband policy development, creating new legal and regulatory frameworks (to address issues including competition... Read More →


Helani Galpaya

Helani Galpaya is LIRNEasia’s Chief Executive Officer, a role she assumed in January 2013.  Until December 2012 she was Chief Operating Officer of LIRNEasia.   Helani leads multiple research projects at LIRNEasia spanning sectors such as telecom, electricity, agriculture and government service delivery. She is involved in the design, conduct and dissemination of LIRNEasia research, all of which aims to improve livelihoods of... Read More →

Jennifer Haroon

Google Inc
Jennifer Haroon is a Principal in the Access Strategy & Operations team at Google where she focuses on ways to bring open, robust and affordable Internet access to more of the world. In this role she focuses both on executing projects (such as Project Link in Uganda), partnering with other organizations and advocating for policy issues in areas such as IXPs, shared infrastructure and TV white spaces. | | She previously helped launch a number... Read More →
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Mike Jensen

Internet Access Specialist, Association for Progressive Communications
Mike Jensen is a South African ICT expert currently working as APC's Internet Access Specialist. Mike has assisted in the establishment of Internet-based communication systems in more than 40 developing countries over the last 20 years, mainly in Africa. He provides advice to international development agencies, the private sector, NGOs and governments in the formulation, management and evaluation of their Internet and telecommunication... Read More →
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Yacine Khelladi

Latin America & the Caribbean Coordinator Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), Web Foundation
Alliance for Affordable Internet, the World Wide Web Foundation

Venancio Massingue

Founder, Science Innovation and Information and Communication Technology Research Institute (SIITRI) / Former Minister of Science
Venancio Massingue was a key player in bringing the Internet to Mozambique, and key player in the promotion and expansion of ICT in Mozambique. From 1997 to 2005 he was Vice-Rector for Administration & Resources and Information and Communications Technologies at UEM and in 2005 was appointed Minister of Science and Technology, he masterminded the development of the Mozambique ICT Policy and ICT Strategy.   From 1996 to date he... Read More →

Paul Mitchell

Senior Director, Chief of Staff, Microsoft TV Division
Mitchell assumed his current role with Microsoft® TV in July 2004. He is responsible for divisional business infrastructure, strategic projects, policy initiatives, product and business planning, and organization management for the Microsoft TV division. Mitchell also oversees the division's industry standards efforts, ensuring that Microsoft TV products support open standards and meet customers' specifications. Prior to his current... Read More →

Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna works to develop cutting-edge collaborations in Africa. Her work has a particular focus on the Alliance for Affordable Internet project and the Web We Want campaign for human rights on and through the Web. She is an experienced development professional who has worked in the ICT field in Africa for over a decade. As well as leading a highly regarded consultancy platform, Nnenna has in recent years co-founded The Free Software and... Read More →

Jaqueline Pateguana

Advisor, Minister for Mozambique eGovernment and Infrastructure Communications Project (MEGCIP)
Jaqueline is the Advisor to the Minister for Mozambique eGovernment and Infrastructure Communications Project (MEGCIP), part of the World Bank´s Regional Communications Infrastructure Project.   She holds an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU, at the University of Sussex, and has 5+ years of experience working in the information and communications technology sector in Mozambique. She is an active participant in various... Read More →

Robert Pepper

Vice President Global Technology Policy, Cisco
Robert Pepper leads Cisco’s Global Technology Policy team working with governments across the world in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy, Internet governance and ICT development He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the FCC where he served as Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development beginning in 1989 where he focused on issues cutting across... Read More →

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Emilie Yam

Membership Coordinator, Alliance for Affordable Internet
Emilie works for the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a coalition of private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit organisations who have come together to advance the shared aim of affordable access to both mobile and fixed-line Internet in developing countries. | | The coalition's primary goal is to see the UN Broadband Commission Broadband Target of entry-level broadband services priced at less than 5% of average monthly... Read More →

Thursday September 4, 2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Workshop Room 07 (Rumeli Terrace / Halic)

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