Bringing Meaningful Broadband
To 2 Billion Low-Income Asians

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"Meaningful Broadband?"

That's 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:


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


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


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

The Five Domains of Innovation

To achieve these criteria, Digital Divide Institute works with stakeholders in six nations to activate innovations in:

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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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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