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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U.S. businesses generate $411.4 billion in online sales to consumers or other businesses
– yet an estimated 1.8 million businesses remain unconnected to broadband.
The Transition from 3G to 4G Could Create More than 231,000 Within a Year
The rapid transition from 3G to 4G mobile broadband networks should continue to stimulate new job creation in a short time frame, generating more than 231,000 jobs for every 10 percentage point gain in penetration rates within a year.
The Transition from 2G to 3G Created About 1,585,000 New Jobs
The adoption of cell phones and other mobile devices supported by a shift from 2G to 3G Internet and wireless network technologies led to the creation of nearly 1.6 million new jobs across the United States, between April 2007 and June 2011 – even as total private sector employment fell by nearly 5.3 million positions.
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.