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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Austria has more access to capacity than Africa
At mid-year 2010, the country of Austria–with a population of just over eight million, had access to more international Internet capacity than the billion inhabitants of Africa, combined.
71% of men say they do not know their home broadband download speed.
When asked about their home broadband speed, 71% of men say they do not know their home broadband download speed.
44 percent of people in households living below the federal poverty line used public library computers and Internet access.
Overall, 44 percent of people in households living below the federal poverty line ($22,000 a year for a family of four) used public library computers and Internet access. Among young adults (14–24 years of age) in households below the federal poverty line, 61 percent used public library computers and Internet for educational purposes. Among seniors (65 and older) living in poverty, 54 percent used public library computers for health or wellness needs.
In 2009, 45 percent of public library visitors connected to the Internet even though more than three quarters had Internet access elsewhere.
In 2009, 45 percent of the 169 million visitors to public libraries connected to the Internet using a library computer or wireless network during their visit, even though more than three quarters of these people had Internet access at home, work, or elsewhere.
Today, almost all public library branches offer visitors free access to computers and the Internet.
6 percent of U.S. homes don’t have access to any broadband services
According to an FCC report, only 6 percent of U.S. homes don’t have access to any broadband services.
Only four percent of American households don’t have access to any high-speed broadband at home
According to the FCC, only four percent of American households don’t have access to any high-speed broadband at home, the survey says, which means 31% of households aren’t subscribing for other reasons.
Approximately 20% of U.S. households do not have any internet access and 14% access the internet with dial up telephone service.
Cable television companies have been significant providers of broadband internet access services for many years and currently provide internet access to 37% of households (versus 29% for telco broadband).
Federal Communications Commission statistics, maintain that more than 90% of the country’s households had access to a high-speed, multi-megabit, wireline connection, as well as data compiled by industry analysts, and residential broadband adoption in the United States had grown from 3.2 million households in 2000 to as many as 70 million.