Because every American
should have access
to broadband Internet.

The Internet Innovation Alliance is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aim to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to the critical tool that is broadband Internet. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that support equal opportunity for universal broadband availability and adoption so that everyone, everywhere can seize the benefits of the Internet - from education to health care, employment to community building, civic engagement and beyond.


IIA Internet Academy Events

IIA Internet Academy

IIA Internet Academy

Looking Back and Looking Forward: America’s Communications Policy

America’s Communications Policy
Answering the Committee’s Call

Monday, April 7th
9:30 a.m.
Rayburn 2322


The last significant revision of the Communications Act occurred in 1996. Since then, innovation and competitive markets have dramatically altered the way consumers receive communications services. While the world of phones, computers, and the Internet has completely changed over the last 18 years, the nation’s telecommunications regulatory framework remains the same.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is seeking recommendations on how best to modernize the Communications Act. Two key architects of the 1996 Act will engage in a wide-ranging policy discussion that will include:

  • The pervasive and rapidly developing role of broadband networks in the delivery of modern communications, in contrast to the market landscape in 1996.
  • How current policy impacts broadband investment.
  • The obstacles and opportunities facing lawmakers as they embark on modernizing the legal and regulatory framework that oversees the nation’s communications industry.
  • Recommendations to help spur investment and innovation
    in America’s 21st Century digital economy.


Rick Boucher
Former Chairman, U.S. House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Honorary Chairman, Internet Innovation Alliance
Sidley Austin, LLP

Jack Fields
Former Chairman, U.S. House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance
CEO, Twenty-First Century Group

This event complied with House and Senate ethics standards


Last updated on April 01, 2014

Past Events

20 Years Later: Are We Winning or Losing the Spectrum War?

Wednesday, May 2nd
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Rayburn B-338

Please join us for a discussion on spectrum policy, bandwidth consumption vs. availability, and the need for investment as wireless technologies continue to advance. Topics will include:

  1. A look at how technology has changed since the first commercial traffic crossed the Internet in 1992
  2. The benefits of mobile technology, and how it has changed the day-to-day activities and operations of a typical Hill office
  3. The increase in bandwidth usage over the past two decades and the need for continued network investment

Bret Swanson
President, Entropy Economics

Morgan Reed
Executive Director, Association for Competitive Technology

Bruce Mehlman and Jamal Simmons
Co-Chairmen, Internet Innovation Alliance


Lunch will be provided
This event complies with House and Senate ethics standards


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Broadband 101 - The Internet, Technology and Innovation: Overview and Outlook for 2011

February 16,  2011
Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet Project presented “Broadband 101” at last week’s Hill Academy. See the slides from the presentation below.

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The Economic Benefits of Broadband on the American Consumer and Economy

Take a first look at Jon Orszag’s new study on the benefits broadband brings to U.S. consumers.
Tuesday, July 14th
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Room 902
Hart Senate Office Building

Jon Orszag – Former Economic Policy Advisor on President Bill Clinton’s National Economic Council
Mark Dutz – Special Consultant with Compass Lexecon, an economic consulting firm.
Larry Irving and Bruce Mehlman – Co-Chairs of IIA

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Maximizing Broadband Stimulus Dollars

Friday, May 8
The federal government will spend $7.2 billion on broadband in communities all over the country in the coming months.  This Internet Academy will focus on providing information about the way that NTIA and RUS will be allocating this money.  We will cover topics like eligibility, process, and timing as well as give a perspective on how this money can transform and empower communities at the local level.

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Broadband 101: Understanding the Debate

Wednesday, February 18
Confused about “up-rate” and “down-rate”?  Are 4-letter words like Mbps and NTIA making your eyes cross?  We will break down these and other broadband terms and concepts, and put them in plain English.  Get the information you need to better understand the ongoing debate about how to expand broadband across America.

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