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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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.
Shocks to Communication Industry Creates Job Loss
Using an econometric model, a study found that there is an equilibrium relationship between investments and Information sector jobs. When an external shock (such as regulation) disrupts this balance, adjustment in investment and jobs will occur. Subsequently, there is potential for investment decreases which lead to job decreases.
NHCSL Advocates Five Broadband Principles
The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators works to promote four broadband principles: digital literacy must become an American value; public and private investment is central to full digital inclusion through full access and adoption; digital innovation is key to economic growth; the Hispanic community is central to America’s digital future; and broadband is an equalizer.
Broadband Creates or Retains 1 to 2.5 Million Jobs.
The U.S. Broadband Coalition reported that investment in broadband can create or retain an estimated 1 million to 2.5 million jobs.
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.
Broadband Adoption Will Not Be Affected If the Bulk of Investment Costs Are Borne By Those Who Use the Most Bandwidth
By 2018 or 2019, nearly 99 percent of white and minority households would still achieve broadband adoption if the bulk of the additional investment costs are borne by those who use the most bandwidth.
Net Neutrality Could Increase Operator Costs By As Much As $40 Billion Annually
Net neutrality could increase operator costs by anywhere from $20 billion to $40 billion annually if strict non-discrimination rules are put in place. This assumes that the operator continues to invest in network infrastructure rather than simply reducing such investments.
The estimated total impact of the $6.4 billion in network investment
– presumed to be enabled by the ARRA broadband provisions ranged from the pessimistic scenario of 126,800 to the optimistic scenario of 400,800 with a mid range estimate of 263,800 over four years.
An investment of $10 billion in broadband network infrastructure could stimulate new employment over time of as many as 268,500 jobs
– as a result of direct, indirect and induced effects attributable to externalities associated with what the authors called “innovation spillovers”.
Google invested about 1/8 of the AT&T rate in 2008
– less than half that of Comcast, and about 2/3 that of Time Warner Cable.