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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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.
In 200 counties (representing 1% of U.S. households), no more than 20% met that definition of high speed
According to the FCC, in 200 counties (representing 1% of U.S. households), no more than 20% met that definition of high speed, while in about half as many counties (104) with eight times the population (8% of the households), 80% had at least those 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.
47% of Americans have laptops, and wireless is by and large the norm for internet access.
Some 80% of laptop users have connected to the internet using a wireless network such as WiFi and 37% have used a longer range wireless broadband connection such as an AirCard. 81% of laptop users have connected wirelessly using one of those means.
56% of all Americans have accessed the internet by wireless means with a variety of devices ranging from laptops, cell phones, game consoles and more.
23 percent of European homes and businesses using fixed-line broadband, compared with 20 percent in the United States.
Some 43% of broadband users at home connect through cable, 31% by DSL and 23% by fixed wireless, satellite or fiber. Old fashioned dial-up access still accounts for 7% of Web users.
A new Pew study has found that with even higher speed, broadband would provide consumers even greater benefits – at a minimum of an additional $6 billion per year.
It is estimated that 8 percent to 10 percent of the nation’s hinterland households do not have access to high-speed Internet service.
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.