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

Saturday, January 09

Dispatches from CES (Day 3)

By IIA

As part of IIA’s involvement in CES, we’re asking attendees to write about what broadband access means to their daily lives. Throughout the convention, we’ll be posting some the responses we receive

This is America. We expect clean running water all the time. Electricity is always on. This is not a land of rationing. Utilities are for everyone. Internet access is not a future utility, it is a now utility. Broadband access is our always-on life line.
Because dial access was initially our widespread Internet access, we developed habits of limits. Limits in accessibility, limits in bandwidth, and limits in availability have led to a position of poverty in extracting the value of the Internet. Always on availability of broadband can free our creativity.
America is a land of innovation and efficiency. Broadband is the tool we need to maintain competitive position in a fast changing technology-driven world. It is the most important utility of the future- and now. We cannot wait.
—- Ed

I, personally, use broadband to basically keep myself updated on the world around me.  If I am without Internet for even a day, I feel completely disconnected.  While many broadband “naysayers” would like to say that this makes me a child of the “i-Generation,” and that it’s sad that the loss of such a privilege as the Internet can make one feel so lost, I strongly disagree.  Science and technology have given us the gift of access to billions of different sources of information through hundreds of different forms of media, and it would be a shame — no, a crime — not to take advantage of that.  But, the only downside of this huge advantage is the fact that it can put some people, those without access to broadband Internet, at a disadvantage.  Students get ahead of others in classes, employees get ahead of their coworkers, and basically, in the arms race to be the best and the brightest in today’s technological society, it is impossible to succeed without a tremendous amount of experience interacting with the world wide web.  So what does all this mean? It means that America needs to buckle down and help to provide broadband services to all citizens, regardless of race, income, or geographical location.  Only then can we call America “the greatest country on earth.”

—- Robert

The possibility of universal broad band is endless. It can connect people, and polices of the world that never would have interacted. The problems of the world come from ignorance, and ignorance is relived when you sit in another person’s chair, or walk in their shoes. It can help people go across neighborhoods, cities, countries, and oceans. Letting people learn about their fellow man, and learning about other customs, and beliefs, may help eliminate many conflicts.

The Internet has helped me greatly expand my potential. If I am having problems with a math problem, I can look online and somewhere somebody has posted a walkthrough, and tips to look for to solve the question. When I need to write a paper, I can research different point of views, and make my own opinion. I can look up videos of other cultures, and expose myself to things I never would have seen. Things such as yhe Iranian protests, or the worlds reaction to Obama being elected president. The media isn’t the best in fair news, and the internet acts as a linkage institution from one person with a voice to another.

—- Steve I.

 

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