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

Sunday, January 10

Dispatches from CES (Day 4)

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

I use broadband all the time. It’s important to me in the instance of being my daily internet source. Being a Swede, I’m used to fast broadband internet. I have, for example, experienced the world’s fastest broadband internet; Swedish Telia, during the world’s biggest computer festival,  Dreamhack. Dreamhack is an event like nothing else: seeing more than 12.000 gamers being connected at the same time to different online games is really awe-inspiring.

Having a fast internet connection makes a big difference! I love broadband because it never lets me down. My household in Sweden has a broadband connection with 100 Mb/s via fiber optic cable. When I first got this a few years ago I was shocked: I had never experienced anything like it! It was fast, it delivered every time, it almost never froze (if it did it, the connection probably wasn’t the problem… darn computer!), and it made it so much easier for me to keep contact with family members across the world. I could finally talk to my sister, who lived in New Zealand at the time, without all problems I had before. This broadband still helps me out every time I talk to my family home in Sweden, something I didn’t think about before I left for my exchange-student year, but something I am very grateful for now.

I look forward to see future improvements in the broadband technology. It’s not because I want it to get better, for it is already great, but merely because of the fact that I want to see how fast a private household connection via broadband can get. I have both high hopes and high expectations for its future.

— Carl

I use broadband Internet a lot. I use it to talk to my friends and family through Skype. Sometimes I play games over the Internet, or I just watch some movies, etc. .. I use it really often.  In my opinion it is really important to invest to make a better coverage with broadband internet etc. because it makes lots of things really faster and more simple. Like for example I am from Slovakia and there is quite problem to get a fast Internet in some small towns (villages). Now in this time, almost everybody has a computer and I can’t imagine to use it without broadband Internet connection.

— Marek

At the moment I am an exchange student in Las Vegas. Here we have an awesome Internet connection with broadband. Where I cmole from in Germany, our connection is not the best, but still pretty good. But it cannot reach the broadband Internet I am used to since I am living here. Everything is way faster, so that you can upload new pictures to Facebook, while you are skype with friends on the other side of the world. It makes it comfortable and does not stress you out. Another thing for which you can use it is for the online gaming. BWA makes World of Warcraft or similar games way more fun to play.

To invest in broadband, in my opinion, very important, because Internet is the connection of the future and with broadband, it does not matter if your friend lives next door or on another continent. It just connects, wherever you are. That’s why I would support bringing broadband to every corner of the earth. Everyone should have the possibility to enjoy it J.

I think I couldn’t live without broadband anymore because it really makes using the Internet so much easier and faster. If I wouldn’t have it, I think I would feel back in time.

— Robert H.