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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Online learning is growing at a rate of 30% annually.
26 states have state virtual schools, increasing access to advanced courses for students, especially those in rural and impoverished areas
Alabama has invested $30M in online learning in three years, making AP courses available to every high school
As gas prices skyrocket, so does online enrollment at colleges.
In 2008, many college administrators report that as gas prices skyrocket, so does online enrollment, up as much as 40 percent as a result of students choosing to avoid the cost and time of driving.
Overall, nearly three in five adults (58%) say they used the internet for help; 53% say they sought out professional advisors, such as doctors, lawyers or financial experts;
just under half (45%) turned to those closest to them, friends and family members, for advice and help; about a third of respondents say they looked to newspapers, magazines and books (36%) or directly contacted a government office or agency (34%); and about one in six looked to television or radio. Just about one in eight (13%) went to the public library.
Nearly four in five internet users (78%) have visited government websites to seek information or assistance.
They most commonly visit a local, state or federal government website: a total of 71% have done this, including 66% in the past year. About two in five (38%) have gone online to research official government documents or statistics, including 35% who have done it in the past year. About one in four (24%) have gone online to get advice or information from a government agency about a health or safety problems and 22% have gone online to get information about, or apply for, government benefits.
Most Americans expect their government to make information and services available online.
Seven in ten (70%) say they expect to be able to get information or services from the government agency website when they need it. Only 23% do not expect that.
Internet users are much more likely to contact the government than non-users, whether or not they actually used the internet to make that contact.
Two-thirds of internet users (65%) say they have contacted the government in the past year, compared with 36% of those who do not use the internet.
Age is the strongest and most stable predictor of having low-access to the internet; the older one is, the more likely one is to be low-access.
Income and education are next important; whether or not one’s income is less than $40,000 a year and whether one’s education extended beyond high school. No other characteristic – race, ethnicity, being a student, gender and work status – has much influence at all.
Only one in five members of Generation X and Y are low-access, but four in five members of the After Work generation are.