Bringing Meaningful Broadband
To 2 Billion Low-Income Asians

Digital Divide Institute's global solutions through Meaningful Broadband model

"Meaningful Broadband"

Closing the global digital divide

Meaningful broadband is Digital Divide Institute's model, developed and tested over 20 years in Asia for bringing the internet to low-income and remote users. Our model has three criteria:
Digital divide global solutions include the usability of the technology.


Tied to the experience of low-income users with little formal education.

Digital divide global solutions include the affordability of technology.


Cost of devices and software should be less than 7% of family income.

Digital divide global solutions include technology's ability to empower.


Technology must curb addiction, foster 24-7 learning and entrepreneurship.

The Five Domains of Innovation

Digital divide solutions

In order to achieve the three criteria of our Meaningful Broadband model, Digital Divide Institute works with stakeholders in six Asian nations to activate innovations in these key areas:

What's New

In 2019 our challenge: to formulate the financial model for Meaningful Broadband in Indonesia; activate test market activity for Meaningful Broadband in China’s Sichuan province; activate a six-nation Asian coalition and host our Asian partners for Silicon Valley seminars at Stanford University.

Meaningful Broadband: Indonesia

In 2019,  ten years after the activation of Meaningful Broadband – Indonesia, our new focus is all about financial innovation.   In partnership with the National ICT

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Professor Han Shenglong, Digital Divide Institute’s primary adviser to the People’s Republic of China.

Meaningful Broadband: China

Meaningful Broadband: China has begun activation. Shenlong Han, an associate professor of Peking University, will oversee village test marketing of Meaningful Broadband in an impoverished

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