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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A Build Out of New Spectrum Creates More than 300,000 Jobs, and an Additional $230 GDP over Five Years
Based on the FCC’s proposal to make 500MHz available for mobile broadband use over the next ten years, including 300 MHz in the next five years, this study found that the build out of 300 MHz of new spectrum made available for commercial mobile broadband uses will create more than 300,000 new jobs and an additional $230 billion in GDP over five years, accounting for direct, indirect and induced effects.
Online Applications Required by 80 Percent of Fortune 500 Companies
A study highlighted by the FCC indicated that 80 percent of all Fortune 500 companies solely accept applications online which poses a significant barrier to Americans without broadband.
Broadband Expansion Requires $350 Billion Investment
The FCC estimated that expanding broadband across the U.S. will require investments of up to $350 billion, a feat that the NHCSL believes can only occur with policies supporting private expenditures and public/private partnerships.
Only 47 Percent of Hispanics Access Broadband at Home
According to a study by the FCC, only 47 percent of Hispanics access broadband at home.
Additional Investment Requirements May Well Reach $350 Billion
The FCC broadband task force suggested that the additional investment requirements, including wiring every household with fiber, may well reach $350 billion.
The FCC’s 2010 Survey Found That Non-Subscribers Would Be Willing to Pay, On Average, $25 Per-Month
The FCC’s 2010 survey found that non-subscribers who cite cost as the main barrier to adopting broadband said that they would be willing to pay, on average, $25 per-month for the service.
The FCC Says Broadband Is Changing Education, Communication And Entertainment
The FCC notes, “Broadband is changing how we communicate with each other, how we educate our children, and how we entertain ourselves.”
Americans pay an average of $41 a month for broadband
According to an FCC report, Americans pay an average of $41 a month for broadband.
In 2008…fiber to the home had the biggest jump at 56%
According to the FCC, DSL connections were up 3% in 2008 to 30 million, while fiber to the home had the biggest jump at 56%.
Fixed-service high-speed Internet access connections were up 10% in 2008
According to the FCC, fixed-service high-speed Internet access connections (by the high speed definition of 768 Kbps downstream and more than 200 upstream) were up 10% in 2008 to 77 million, but that was down from the 17% increase the year before.