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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In an underemployed economy, for every one percentage point increase in broadband penetration
– employment is projected to increase by 0.2 to 0.3 percent a year.
The wide-spread availability of broadband (data at the zip code level) added over 1% to the employment growth rate in a typical community.
Two studies estimated that a ubiquitous deployment of broadband services would create 1.2 million new jobs, both direct to building and maintaining a broadband network as well as spillover effects into other industries. (p. 45)
Litan found that broadband deployment and use lowered medical costs and institutionalized living, while increasing labor force participation for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
All told, Litan estimated the cumulative benefit to be at least $927 billion over a 25-year period (with future benefits discounted in 2005 dollars). (p. 21)
The U.S. government administers two funds dedicated specifically to broadband deployment through the USDA.
The USDA estimates it has provided $6 billion since 2001 for telecommunications infrastructure, especially broadband deployment, in rural areas.