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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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Blog posts tagged with 'State Of The Union'

Friday, January 29

Streaming the State of the Union

By Brad

How many people watched President Obama’s State of the Union address online? According to the official White House Blog, close to 1,300,000.

Wednesday, February 25

Touching on Broadband

By Brad

President Obama has made a commitment to expanding broadband in America, and during last night’s State of the Union Address he reiterated that commitment:

As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by Presidents Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets. Not because I believe in bigger government - I don’t. Not because I’m not mindful of the massive debt weve inherited - I am. I called for action because the failure to do so would have cost more jobs and caused more hardships. In fact, a failure to act would have worsened our long-term deficit by assuring weak economic growth for years. That’s why I pushed for quick action. And tonight, I am grateful that this Congress delivered, and pleased to say that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is now law.

Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs. More than 90% of these jobs will be in the private sector - jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit.

The New York Times has a transcript of President Obama’s full address. And for more on broadband and jobs, check out the economy section of the IIA Broadband Fact Book.


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