Bruce P. Mehlman
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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STEM programs must go beyond tutoring and base education of hands on experience, focus attention on middle school and earlier ages, and ensure that all colleges receiving federal funds are actively working to increase STEM participation by African Americans.
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Education Key Factors to Closing Broadband Gap Among African Americans
STEM, Center for Workforce Innovation Job Training, Entrepreneurship Centers of the National Urban League have contributed greatly to the success of African Americans. STEM saw a gain in reading and language and math of over 30% in its students. Center for Workforce Innovation has a success rate of over 70% for its participants who not only receive education but an apprenticeship. Entrepreneurship Centers of the National Urban League provided 10,911 hours of management counseling and 11,242 hours of business skills training to 5,938 entrepreneurs in 2010 in key focus areas of management skill evaluations, relationship building, strategic group deployment, and business management training.
Using Current Technologies, Electronic Health Records and mHealth Apps Could Total Some $15 Billion a Year
Savings from the wide use of electronic medical records created and accessed wirelessly, along with other “mHealth” apps, could total some $15 billion a year using current wireless technologies, and those savings would also grow as 4G apps become widely available and used.
Dialup Access to Internet Among U.S. Farms Falling
Dialup access on U.S. farms dropped from 23 percent in 2009 to 12 percent in 2011.
DSL Most Common Method of Accessing the Internet for U.S. Farms
DSL is the common method of accessing the Internet, with 38 percent of U.S. farms using it, up from 36 percent in 2009.
Vast Majority of U.S. Farms with Significant Sales and Government Payments Have Access to Internet and Computers
In 2011, 84 percent of U.S. farms with sales and government payments of $250,000 or more have access to a computer, 83 percent own or lease a computer, 72 percent are using a computer for their farm business, and 82 percent have Internet access. For farms with sales and government payments between $100,000 and $249,999, the figures are: 68 percent have access to a computer, 68 percent own or lease a computer, 52 percent are using a computer for their farm business, and 67 percent have Internet access. Of the farms with sales and government payments between $10,000 and $99,999, 63 percent reported having computer access, 62 percent own or lease a computer, 41 percent use a computer for their farm business, and 60 percent have Internet access.
Wireless and Satellite Primary Methods for Internet Access among U.S. Farms
Dialup access from 23 percent in 2009 to 12 percent in 2011. Satellite and wireless were each reported as the primary Internet access methods in 15 and 20 percent of those U.S. farms with Internet access, respectively.
Approximately 40 percent of U.S. Farms Use Computers for Business
In 2011, 37 percent of farms reported using computers, compared to 35 percent in 2007.
U.S. Farms’ Access to Internet on the Rise
A total of 62 percent of U.S. farms now have Internet access, compared to 59 percent in 2009.
The gap for broadband adoption rates between Whites and Blacks decreased between 2001 and 2009 from 16 percent to 10 percent, respectively.