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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Monday, December 14

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.

Tuesday, December 08

News From IIA


We’re excited to announce two new additions to our team: the Honorable Fabian Núñez and David Steward who, as honorary Chairmen of the IIA Broadband Ambassador Program, will lead a national call to action for broadband access and adoption for all Americans.

Núñez, a first-generation American born to Mexican immigrants, is the Speaker Emeritus of the California State Assembly. Steward is chairman and founder of World Wide Technologies, Inc., the only billion-dollar plus African American owned technology business in America.

As Honorary Chairmen of IIA’s Broadband Ambassador Program, Núñez and Steward will rely on their considerable legislative and business experience to elevate the debate about broadband access. Both embody the American dream and are passionate about ensuring broadband access for all, so that businesses and families at every economic level can thrive. We’re honored to have them aboard.

You can learn more about Núñez and Steward on our Broadband Ambassador Program page.

Monday, December 07

Erasing the Digital Divide

By Bruce Mehlman

As the deadline for the release of a national broadband plan quickly approaches, a coalition representing minority communities has released a report outlining steps that can be taken to erase the digital divide.

The report, “Toward Access, Adoption and Inclusion: A Call For Digital Equality and Broadband Opportunity,” was issued by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, and the National Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators. From Business Wire:

“Even where service is available, if the proposition of adopting broadband is too expensive, people will not use it,” the report said. It urged policymakers to address affordability through a combination of government initiatives, programmatic reforms, incentives for private sector action, and public-private partnerships.

It warned against policies that might shift costs to the poor or “over-burden low-volume broadband users with the costs of maintaining services for high-volume users.”

“Before any new policy regime is implemented, we must fully understand the potential socio-economic implications of its implementation,” the report added. The lawmakers also called for “a system of checks and balances that encourages, rather than dissuades, private investment in broadband deployment and innovation.”

Slowing Dissent

By Brad

Iran continues to show the world what a real restrictive Internet looks like. Reports the Associated Press:

For weeks after the disputed June presidential election, demonstrations triggered by claims of massive fraud in the vote brought hundreds of thousands to the streets, but the relentless crackdown that followed has taken a heavy toll.

Seeking to deny the protesters a chance to reassert their voice, authorities slowed Internet connections to a crawl in the capital, Tehran. For some periods on Sunday, Web access was completely shut down — a tactic that was also used before last month’s demonstration.

The government has not publicly acknowledged it is behind the outages, but Iran’s Internet service providers say the problem is not on their end and is not a technical glitch.

The State of Broadband Adoption

By Brad

A new report finds that U.S. broadband adoption may be better than previously thought. Via Broadband Breakfast:

The report was generated by comparing the Census blocks in which broadband is available with the number of subscribers that carriers report to the Federal Communications Commission.

By linking the number of subscribers in a particular state (from FCC data) to a data-set of Census block-by-Census block tabulations of broadband availability, consultant Brian Webster believes that he is able to peg the nation-wide broadband adoption rate for homes passed at 72.9 percent.

That’s roughly 10% higher than previously estimated.

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