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

Tuesday, January 26

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

By IIA

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

Broadband Fact of the Week

By IIA

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

By IIA

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.

Nerding Out on Search Stats

By Brad

comScore has released its global search stats for December 2009, and while—shocker!—Google still dominated with 87.8 billion searches in December (a 46% increase over last year), Microsoft’s Bing actually saw the greatest growth, with 4.1 billion searches—an increase of 70%.

A Report on the Digital Divide

By David

The Hispanic Institute has released a new report on broadband adoption and minority communities. Multichannel News looks at some of the report’s findings:

[W]hile English-dominant Latinos subscribe to broadband services at a higher rate than non-Hispanic whites (68% of those surveyed having broadband services at home), Spanish-dominant Latinos lag well behind, with only 32% using the Internet in any form in 2006, compared to 78% of English-dominant Latinos and 76% of bilingual speakers.

The full Hispanic Institute report, Toward Access, Adoption & Inclusion: A Call for Digital Equality and Broadband Opportunity, is available online.

To Boldly Tweet…

By Brad

Today popular micro-blogging service Twitter officially achieved otherworldly status, as NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station posted their first tweet from zero gravity.

Thursday, January 21

Another Round of Grants

By Bruce Mehlman

Yesterday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced the latest batch of broadband grants. In all, $63 million in grants were awarded to three states: Massachusetts, Michigan, and North Carolina.

So far NTIA has awarded $253 million in grants, roughly 3.5 percent of the eventual total.

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