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

Thursday, December 17

The Need for Smart Networks

By Brad

Over at App-Rising, Geoff Daily has a smart piece on the need for smart networks and net neutrality:

While I don’t disagree with the notion that we need to be encouraging the deployment of more open bandwidth, I don’t understand why we’d want to prevent innovation from happening within the network, why we’d rule out the possible benefits of smart networks over stupid networks. Why can’t there be a fast lane created for performance-sensitive applications that was open to everyone equally?

Don’t get me wrong, the advent of smart networks raises a host of questions about fairness, privacy, competition, and beyond. But I’ve come to think that this militant attitude towards opposing smart networks is actually the Achilles’ heel of the net neutrality movement.

I just don’t think its credible to suggest that we should be preventing innovation from happening anywhere on the Internet. I’m not even sure we can say that innovation at the edge is more important than innovation in the network. The point is that we shouldn’t be limiting ourselves.

Check out the whole thing.

Wednesday, December 16

IIA Video: Matt Rogers Speaks at Grid Week


Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor at the United States Department of Energy, talks about the role of broadband in job creation and economic revitalization.

Monday, December 14

More Symposium Coverage

By Bruce Mehlman

Both Broadband Breakfast and Richard Prince of the Black College Wire have rundowns of last week’s Broadband Symposium on access for all Americans.

Schools & Libraries

By Brad

So far, efforts to put together a national broadband plan have mainly focused on bringing access to every home in America. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation worries that this risks leaving institutions in dire need of access behind. From Ars Technica:

The foundation tied to the Microsoft fortune has told the Federal Communications Commission that the government should spend more money on high-speed Internet upgrades for public libraries and schools. The FCC should make it easier to apply, too.

A growing number of schools and public libraries cannot afford connectivity upgrades because of the inability to pay for one-time only installation, equipment and transport costs,” the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation warned the Commission on Wednesday. No big surprise that Gates is active in this area. Microsoft’s general focus when it comes to broadband stimulus questions is that resources should go to “anchor institutions”—libraries, schools, and hospitals.

Land of the Free

By Brad

The New York Times points to a new study that finds a whopping 87% of people don’t want to pay for online content:

People don’t want to pay for online content, no matter where they are in the world: That’s the result of a new study conducted by the GfK Group based on interviews with 16,800 people in the U.S. and 16 European countries. Only 13 percent of all respondents around the globe said that they were willing to pay for online content, while 33 percent even said that they wanted everything for free, without ads.

News organizations and entertainment companies looking to spur revenue are facing a major uphill battle.

Friday, December 11

No Buffering

By Brad

When it comes to online video, viewers expect a seamless experience — or sites pay the price. According to a recent study from Tubemogul (via NewTeeVee), over 81% of online video watchers click away immediately if the video they’re watching stutters or stalls.

“Leave No Man Behind”

By Brad

Yesterday, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps delivered some strong words about broadband access for Native Americans. Reports Broadband Breakfast:

Telephone service penetration lags around 70 percent of Native American households, Copps said, calling the number “shockingly low.” But Copps was more concerned about the state of broadband data in Indian Country – or lack thereof. “[W]e don’t even begin to have reliable data on the status of Internet subscribership on tribal lands, because no one has bothered to collect it,” he said.

From the Symposium

By Brad

Jimmy Lynn of JLynn Associates has posted a brief wrap up of his participation in yesterday’s IIA Broadband Symposium:

The symposium started with a terrific opening presentation by the outstanding pollster, Cornell Belcher (he gained much fame as the pollster for the Obama presidential campaign last year).  His presentation clearly showed the need for the adoption of broadband, particularly in the under-served African-American and Hispanic communities.

IIA in the News: The Root Talks to David Sutphen

By Brad

IIA Co-Chairman David Sutphen sat down with The Root to talk about minorities, and the need to increase both broadband access and adoption:

TR: How do you see creating wider access to broadband? Do you do it through legislation or the private effort?

DS: I think it’s a kind of an all-hands-on-deck approach at this point. For the first time, you have an administration committed to a national broadband plan. The goal is to come up with policy that will facilitate universal broadband. You have a broad cross-section of industries that make up Broadband for America, the goal being to reach 100 percent access and adoption.

It’s a perfect illustration of an issue which there really is mutual benefit to both government and private industry to work collaboratively in areas where businesses can’t get any type of return. Maybe that’s where the government, with the $7 billion of stimulus money [allocated to technology] can make some of the initial investments that allows private industry to come in, after the fact, and make sure that if you’re in a rural community or a Native American reservation that you still have an opportunity to get connected.

Check out the full interview.


Wednesday, December 09

Broadband Symposium — Universal Broadband: Access for All Americans


If you missed today's Broadband Symposium at the Newseum in Washington D.C., here's video of the entire event.

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