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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The US is 15th behind other industrialized countries in high speed internet adoption, and 28th in Internet speeds.
Currently, 63 percent of adults have broadband at home, compared to just 7 percent who use dial-up connections, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
The U. S. is making tremendous progress in getting homes connected to broadband, moving from 55 percent of homes last year in a Pew survey to 63% this year.
Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed by Pew said they had more than three choices in broadband providers.
According to a new report from Infonetics Research, revenue for Ethernet services grew 36% in 2008 to $16.8 billion and is on track to nearly double to $33 billion by 2013.
Denmark has 37 percent of homes and businesses fitted with high-speed Internet, the highest percentage in the world, followed by the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Luxembourg.
United States ranked 17th globally, about the same level as Spain.
23 percent of European homes and business using fixed-line broadband, compared with 20 percent in the United States.
The average consumer is paying more for broadband in August 2009—an average $39 a month—up from $34.50 in May 2008.
Standard phone system voice calls transmit data at the rate of about 10,000 bits per second. But digital videos require bandwidths of about 2 million bits per second.
According to an April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project 85 percent of respondents in a recent study told researchers that they have a smart phone or cell phone, but only 32 percent said they’ve used it to go online.
There’s much less of a gap with laptops. 47 percent reported having one, 39 percent say they’ve accessed the internetnet with it via a wireless connection.
The percentage of African-Americans using mobile phones or another type of connected gadget to share e-mail, exchange instant messages and access the Internet for information on an average day has more than doubled since late 2007, jumping to 29 percent, from 12 percent.