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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.



Broadband Fact Book

Here you'll find convenient research items culled from the best broadband data sources. If you need to find bite-sized talking points on a tight deadline, you're in the right place. We've already done the hard part for you!

Facts tagged with Government

In 2009, more than 26 million people used public library computers to get government or legal information or to access government services.

In 2009, more than 26 million people used public library computers to get government or legal information or to access government services.

Research Area: Consumer Benefits

Tags: government, information, library, public library, services, resource, legal

Becker, Samantha, Michael D. Crandall, Karen E. Fisher, Bo Kinney,Carol Landry, and Anita Rocha. (2010). Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries. (IMLS-2010-RES-01). Institute of Museum and Library Services.Washington, D.C.

As the Pew Internet and American Life Project recently found, “some 74% of internet users – representing 55% of the adult population – went online in 2008 to get involved in the political process or to get news and information about the election.

Research Area: Consumer Benefits

Tags: government, education, politics, elections, “Report of the US Broadband Coalition on a National Broadband Strategy,” US Broadband Coalition. September 24, 2009

The passive infrastructure represents the highest-cost portion of new network investment (often cited as close to 80% of total cost) and this is an area where governments could easily invest and boost competition with minimal market distortion (29).

Research Area: Network Infrastructure

Tags: government, investment, network infrastructure, network investment, market, cost portion

“THE ROLE OF COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY.” Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. May 19, 2009.

More than half of respondents said government should be ‘‘wholly’’ or ‘‘very’’ responsible for protecting an individual’s online privacy, according to the survey of more than 1,000 Americans conducted by TRUSTe.

Research Area: Other

Tags: other, government, cybersecurity, online privacy, truste

Stephanie Clifford,” Many See Privacy on Web As Big Issue, Survey Says,” New York Times. March 16, 2009.

Integrating the installation of high-capacity dark fiber bundles into all Federal-aid and direct Federal highway projects offers the most cost-effective means to bring high-speed fiber connectivity to nearly every community in the nation and create a nationwide fiber infrastructure of unrivaled capacity.

Research Area: Network Infrastructure

Tags: government, speed, infrastructure, fiber, capacity, deployment

Benjamin Lennett and Sasha Minrath, “Building a 21st Century Broadband Superhighway: A Concrete Build-Out Plan to Bring High-Speed Fiber Connections to Every Community.” New America Foundation Wireless Future Program. January, 2009.

The telecom sector is investing more in the broadband infrastructure than the Federal government is investing in all forms of transportation.

Research Area: Economy

Tags: economy, broadband, government, infrastructure, transportation

Eisenach, PhD. Jeffrey. The Telecom Sector and the Economy, How U.S. Broadband Policies are Working for America. (Washington DC: Empiris, LLC). September, 2008. – 24 pages, pp presentation

Internet users are much more likely to contact the government than non-users, whether or not they actually used the internet to make that contact.

Two-thirds of internet users (65%) say they have contacted the government in the past year, compared with 36% of those who do not use the internet.

Research Area: Education

Tags: government, education

Estabrook, Leigh, Evans Witt and Lee Rainie. Information searches that solve problems, How people use the internet, libraries and government agencies when they need help. Part of Pew Internet & American Life Project, and a joint paper with Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Washington DC: Pew Research). December 30, 2007. – 43 pages

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.

Research Area: Broadband Traffic

Tags: broadband traffic, government, broadband deployment, infrastructure

Swanson, Bret. The Coming ‘Exaflood’. Wall Street Journal, January 20, 2007
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