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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Austria has more access to capacity than Africa
At mid-year 2010, the country of Austria–with a population of just over eight million, had access to more international Internet capacity than the billion inhabitants of Africa, combined.
Carriers added 13.2Tbps of new international capacity in 2010
In 2010, carriers added 13.2Tbps of new international capacity, up from 9.4Tbps in 2009, and 6Tbps in 2008.
Western Europe international traffic increased more than US and Canada
Western European international Internet traffic increased 66%, and the US and Canada’s international Internet traffic climbed 54%.
Eastern Europe and India/South Asia experienced the fastest growth in international traffic
The regions experiencing the fastest growth in international Internet traffic between mid-year 2009 and mid-year 2010 were Eastern Europe and India/South Asia, where average traffic growth exceeded 100%, and the Middle East, where traffic rose just under 100%.
International Internet traffic grew 62% in 2010
New data from TeleGeography’s Global Internet Geography study reveal that international Internet traffic grew 62% in 2010. While down slightly from the 74% growth recorded in 2009, it is well in line with previous years.
Countries that are a part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development pay 15 times more per advertised megabit of connectivity than South Koreans.
The U.S. is still in 15th place in broadband penetration and first in total broadband subscribers [December 2008 OECD Statistics].
According to Oliver Johnson, CEO at Point Topic, during the first quarter of 2009 the worldwide average price per megabit per second was about $15.60, down from $25 a year earlier.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranked the U.S. 15th among its 30 member nations in broadband adoption per capita.
Of the 21 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries with statistics available, the U.S. ranks 11th in PC ownership; without PCs, people aren’t going to get wired broadband [Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation].