from zdnet.com: In the 21st century, you could argue that Internet access is almost as important as literacy. In much of the developed world, Internet access is affordable and easily available. In the third world, it's often neither affordable nor available. The newly created Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) seeks to make the Internet accessible to almost anyone, anywhere. Just how expensive is the Internet in some countries? Jennifer Haroon, Google's Access Principal, wrote, "Imagine a world where you spent 30% of your monthly income on basic Internet service. Could you pay? What might you have to give up? For billions of people, these costs—and questions—are an unaffordable reality that stops them from accessing the Web."