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 United States spends about 2 percent of GDP per year on infrastructure investment
(this includes federal, state and local, and private sector spending) compared to about 5 percent in Europe and 9 percent in China.
According to ComScore, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing handle 17 percent and 11 percent of United States Web searches, and in Europe they both handle less than 2 percent.
Asked to name their single top use for the Internet outside of work, 13% of Western European respondents to a GFK poll cited e-commerce, such as shopping on Amazon.com or eBay, compared with 12% of Americans. In the U.K., 26% of respondents named this as their top use for the Web.
According to a new poll conducted by GFK, in Italy, only 39% of respondents said they have access to the Internet for private purposes. That puts Italy in the same league as Romania (36%) and Bulgaria (37%), two formerly communist countries that rank as the EU’s poorest member states.
Asked whether all Internet content should be free, 42% of European respondents to a GFK poll said “yes,” compared with 21% in the U.S. Also, more Americans (57%) than Europeans (40%) said Internet content should be free with the understanding that advertisements and other marketing tools might be included.
According to a new poll conducted by GFK, there are two countries in Europe that stand out for having particularly high Web access: the Netherlands (91%) and Sweden (86%).
According to a new poll conducted by GFK, across Western Europe, 61% of people say they have access to the Web, either from home, work, an Internet cafe or a mobile device. In the U.S., 75% of respondents said they had similar access. Europe as a whole, including five Central and Eastern European states, lags even farther behind, with only 59% of those surveyed saying they have personal access to the Internet.
23 percent of European homes and businesses using fixed-line broadband, compared with 20 percent in the United States.
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.