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.
In 2010, 56 percent of African Americans and 67 percent of white Americans had access to broadband at home—a gap of 11 percentage points.
—In 2009, the home broadband access gap was 19 percentage points. 53 percent of African Americans believed that lack of broadband is a major disadvantage to finding out about jobs and career skills in 2010.
In 2007, 6.2 percent of businesses in the information sector were African American-owned, but they only generated 0.23 percent of all revenues in that sector.
65 percent of all adults get broadband…49 percent of African Americans and 49 percent of Hispanics get the service
According to an FCC report, while 65 percent of all adults get broadband, 49 percent of African Americans and 49 percent of Hispanics get the service.
According to a report on the US Hispanic internet market from comScore, the Hispanic online demographic is expanding more than 50% faster than the overall US online population.