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.

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Wednesday, January 27

Detecting Tsunamis

By Brad

Undersea Internet cables aren’t just for transferring data between continents, at least if researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are right. Reports Engadget:

While they haven’t moved beyond computer models just yet, the group has apparently found that voltmeters attached to the end of an undersea cable are able to detect the small electric field stirred up by tsunamis, which measure around 500 millivolts.

Now that’s cool.

Be Careful With Facebook

By Brad

GigaOm highlights a survey from Microsoft that finds when it comes to interviewing for a job, your Facebook page might pose a problem:

As part of Data Privacy Day on Thursday, Microsoft says it conducted a survey of 2,500 people that included, consumers, HR managers and recruitment professionals in the US, the UK, Germany and France, with the goal of learning more about attitudes toward online reputation and how this information can have real life consequences. The survey found that the top online factors for rejecting a job applicant are unsuitable photos/videos, concerns about a candidate’s lifestyle and inappropriate comments written by the candidate.

Social media has made our society more open, which is a good thing. But it’s always wise to remember that once something is on the Internet, it’s there to stay.

Tuesday, January 26

Online TV Takes a Leap Forward

By Brad

Variety is reporting that starting this fall, TV ratings guru Nielsen will begin reporting ratings for both traditional and online broadcasts.

As the popularity of sites like Hulu shows, there is an increasing demand for streaming TV. But even as it grows in popularity, advertisers have yet to crack the code on how to monetize all those viewers. Nielsen’s new system will likely go a long way toward remedying that.

Broadband as a Civil Right

By Brad

Broadband Breakfast has a good rundown of a Minority Media & Telecom Council event held yesterday at Howard University:

Blair Levin, an FCC alumni who has been tapped to oversee the current plans to get broadband throughout the nation, said he wants to ensure that the policies for the plan will not contribute to a second-class citizenship and digital literacy will not be denied to anyone.

Levin told attendees at the Broadband and Social Justice Summit that broadband to certain communities will not automatically remove the digital divide, but will remove the barrier to creating more equal opportunity.  He noted that connecting those previously excluded from the internet can bring real results in education, employment, the nation’s physical health, political participation and civic engagement.

The full article is worth checking out.

Net Neutrality and Unintended Consequences

By David

While the FCC sifts through comments from a reported 200,000 + people in response to its proposed net neutrality regulations, minority groups continue to voice concerns about the effect those regulations will have on the digital divide. Yesterday, groups of minority legislators circulated letters around Capitol Hill warning of unintended consequences from new regulations. Reports Multichannel News:

The Jan. 22 letters came from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, National Foundation for Women Legislators, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, National Conference of Black Mayors and the National Association of Black County Officials.

The groups called closing the digital divide “one of the most pressing social and civil rights issue of our day.”

They asked President Obama to intercede to keep the FCC focused on a broadband plan that closes that divide and does not include any new rules they say could threaten that end.

Divine Blogging

By Brad

Via Ars Technica, Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging priests to utilize blogging and Twitter to “proclaim the Gospel.”

Monday, January 25

IIA Video: Navarrow Wright


Navarrow Wright, President of Maximum Leverage Solutions, discusses broadband education and entrepreneurship.

Broadband Fact of the Week


Fact of the Week

In 2008, more than $140 billion was spent purchasing goods and services over the Internet.

— Salmon, Matt. “Net Neutrality Threatens the Balance of the Internet.” Washington Examiner 16 Sept. 2009.

More facts about broadband.

Friday, January 22

IIA Video: Jimmy Lynn


Jimmy Lynn, Managing Partner of J. Lynn Associates, discusses the spread of broadband technology based on sports and entertainment offerings.

Spectrum and the Supreme Court

By Brad

With spectrum — specifically, the dwindling supply of it—a hot topic in Washington, GigaOm explores the possibility that the highest court in the land could have a hand in how spectrum is allocated in the future:

Cablevision, the nation’s fifth-largest cable provider, has been fighting the rules that require it to carry certain local broadcast stations in areas it serves, and hopes to get the Supreme Court to hear its lawsuit regarding those rules. These so-called “must-carry” rules ensure that the local access channels are watchable on cable in addition to the larger broadcasters like Fox or NBC. However, if the Supreme Court hears the case and sides with Cablevision, then cable providers could dump those less popular stations, and the rejects, finding it hard to stay alive, could end up relinquishing their valuable broadcasting spectrum.

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