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

Monday, March 22

Transparency in the Digital Age

By Brad

The Public Online Information Act of 2010,  submitted in Congress by Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY], would require the Executive Branch to “publish all publicly available information on the Internet in a timely fashion and in user-friendly formats.”

Questions for Congress

By Bruce Mehlman

At the Washington Post, tech writer Cecilia Kang offers 10 smart questions for Congress to ask FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski about the National Broadband Plan.

Leaving China

By Brad

Via CNet, word has it that after fights over censorship — and a major cyber attack — Google is preparing to pull out of China:

After months of negotiations over whether it can run Google.cn with or without restrictions, it seemed that Google was getting ready to make a decision in the near-term future. However, according to a Financial Times report last week, Google is now “99.9 percent” certain that it will shut down Google.cn.

The rumored date for Google’s departure is April 10.

Update, courtesy of Ars Technica:

Google has officially stopped censoring search results in China, but in a somewhat roundabout way. Google.cn no longer works as a search portal—instead, visitors are being directed to Google’s service based out of Hong Kong, where taboo topics are not regulated by the Chinese government.

Whether China will simply block Internet users in the mainland from accessing Google Hong Kong remains to be seen.

Friday, March 19

We’ve Come a Long Way

By David

The Internet is the great equalizer and enabler in today’s global, digital economy – those not online have the most to lose. We are thrilled to see many months of collaboration between the public and private sectors come to bear in a historic National Broadband Plan. 

We’ve come a long way in the development of high-speed Internet, and going forward, the people who can benefit most from broadband connectivity should be the focus of every discussion on Internet policy. The plan provides a great opportunity to extend the power of connectivity to all Americans, consistent with the President’s goals and vision.

The Road Ahead

By Bruce Mehlman

National Broadband Plan

I applaud the FCC for presenting an ambitious plan that sets goals for greater broadband availability, adoption and speeds — all key to the advancement of our economic, health care and educational systems. 

The National Broadband Plan both highlights a decade of success and innovation in Internet technology and lays out the work that remains ahead. It has been estimated that hitting the targets outlined in the plan, including at least 90 percent broadband adoption by 2020, could cost as much as $350 billion. This plan could be powerful and positive provided strict new regulations are not imposed to undermine investment. 

At Long Last: A National Broadband Plan

By Brad

National Broadband Plan

It’s an historic day for America’s Internet, as this morning FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski officially released the National Broadband Plan.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski unveils the country’s first National Broadband Plan. The plan sets an ambitious agenda for connecting all corners of the nation while transforming the economy and society with the communications network of the future—robust, affordable Internet.

The full plan is available at Broadband.gov.

 

 

Thursday, March 18

Net Neutrality & the Digital Divide

By Brad

During the recent YouTube interview with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski about the National Broadband Plan, IIA Broadband Ambassador Navarrow Wright of Maximum Leverage Solutions submitted a question. Here’s video of Wright’s question and the Chairman’s response:

Wednesday, March 17

Step Aside, Google

By Brad

According to the analysis firm Hitwise, Facebook has for the first time toppled search giant Google from its perch as the most-visited website in America. CNN Money reports;

Facebook accounted for 7.07% of U.S. Web traffic that week, while Google received 7.03%.

While this is definitely good news for Facebook, it comes with one major caveat:

The study compared only the domains Facebook.com and Google.com—not, for example, Google-owned sites like Gmail.com.

A Chat with the Chairman

By Brad

Following the release of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan yesterday, Chairman Julius Genachowski sat down for an interview on YouTube:

A Disturbing Trend

By Brad

Via Ars Technica, a new report from the Simon Wiesenthal Center warns that hate groups are embracing social media networks like Facebook and YouTube:

Unsurprisingly, terrorists and other groups have become fans of social networks because that’s where the kiddies are—young people are particularly vulnerable to messages from these groups, and if Facebook is the best way to reach them, then that’s where the groups will go. SWC says that its members have met with Facebook officials to have some of these groups removed, “[B]ut with over 200 million users, online bigots have to date outpaced efforts to remove them.”

According to the SWC report, hate groups have increased online activity by 20% — in 2009 alone.

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