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.

The Podium

Friday, March 05

Broadband and “Snowmageddon”

By Brad


IIA Co-chairman Bruce Mehlman has an op-ed today on AOL News:

High-speed Internet connections are helping to change the meaning of a snow day—serving as a vital tool to keep Americans working, even when the roads, public transportation and airports are not. For those who could go online from home during the storms, it was largely business as usual.

But clearly not enough could. The “Snowmageddon” of 2010 forced federal offices to shut their doors for days, resulting in an astounding loss of money and productivity. It’s been estimated that closing the government for just one day costs taxpayers roughly $100 million. If you factor in the business shutdowns in the private sector, it is easy to see that these storms exacted a high cost on the nation as whole.

The problem is that currently about a third of the population doesn’t have a broadband connection, and one in five don’t have any Internet connection at all.

Read the full op-ed.

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Thursday, March 04

Today in Bold Predictions

By Brad

Mobile Internet has certainly made major gains in recent years, but can smart phones and other wireless devices supplant traditional desktop computers in the next three years? According to John Herlihy, Google’s European sales chief, the answer is yes. Reports Silicon Republic:

“In three years time, desktops will be irrelevant. In Japan, most research is done today on smart phones, not PCs,” Herlihy told a baffled audience, echoing comments by Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the recent GSM Association Mobile World Congress 2010 that everything the company will do going forward will be via a mobile lens, centring on the cloud, computing and connectivity.

A “Revenue Neutral” Plan

By Brad

Via Reuters, some insight into where funding for a national broadband plan will come from:

The U.S. National Broadband Plan set for release this month will not call for additional spending beyond the existing programs, a move likely to garner support from lawmakers, a Federal Communications Commission official said on Wednesday.

The highly anticipated blueprint will be “revenue neutral” overall because spectrum auctions will compensate for any needed spending, said the official, who was not authorized to speak before the public release of the plan.

Outside of the spectrum auction — which could bring in as much as $50 billion for the plan — the FCC is also set to recommend redirecting the universal service fund to connect four percent of Americans currently lacking broadband access.

A Question of Authority

By Bruce Mehlman

One of the questions surrounding the current net neutrality debate is whether the Federal Communications Commission has the authority needed to impose new regulations on the Internet. As Computer World reports, former solicitor general Gregory Garre believes the FCC must ask Congress for authority before it acts:

If the FCC wants to create new Internet regulations, it should have the backing of Congress, Garre added. “It would be appropriate for the FCC to go to Congress,” he said. “This isn’t some minor regulatory issue we’re talking about. The FCC itself has described the Internet as something that ‘has transformed our nation’s economy, culture and democracy.’”

IIA Video: Jay Ganson


Jay Ganson, Business Development Manager of Ambient Corporation, discusses his company’s communication platform for interfacing smartgrid technology.

Wednesday, March 03

The Online Games

By Brad

How popular were the Winter Olympics online? According to NewTeeVee (via GigaOm), received 710 million page views (46 million unique). And the online Olympics love extended to mobile phones, with 82 million page views and close to 2 million mobile video streams.

Countdown to a National Broadband Plan

By Bruce Mehlman

In just 14 days, the FCC will present a national broadband plan to Congress. Today, the Wall Street Journal highlights some of what the plan will entail:

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s coming National Broadband Plan will propose up to $25 billion in new federal spending for high-speed Internet lines and a wireless network for police and firefighters as part of a broader plan that appears to be a win for wireless companies.

The plan will also offer a variety of ideas for expanding Americans’ access to affordable Internet over the next decade. Mr. Genachowski has been slowly releasing details about the plan, which will be released in mid-March, and last week suggested that Congress spend $12 billion to $16 billion for the wireless Internet network for police and firefighters.

There’s a Lawsuit For That

By Brad

Google’s major push in the lucrative smart phone market with its Nexus One has not escaped Apple’s attention. Case in point: The lawsuit filed by Apple yesterday against HTC, the Taiwanese company that manufacture’s Google’s phone.

Approaching a Milestone

By Brad

Via Mashable, popular micro-blogging service Twitter is counting down to 10 billion — that’s right, billion — “tweets.” The punchline: the company has only been around since 2007.

Talking with the Commish

By Brad

Yesterday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski sat down with the Washington Post to talk about the national broadband plan and the importance of being connected.

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