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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More American adults own smartphones than own feature cell phones—that is, the phones that can be used as a phone and for texting, but do not have a smartphone operating system such as Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android.
Some 34% of adults have a feature phone; 5% of adults say they do not know if they have a smartphone or not; and 15% of American adults have no cell phone at all.
On the eve of Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone 5, 45% of American adults owned smartphones.
68% of those living in households earning $75,000 own smartphones.
66% of those ages 18-29 own smartphones.
STEM programs must go beyond tutoring and base education of hands on experience, focus attention on middle school and earlier ages, and ensure that all colleges receiving federal funds are actively working to increase STEM participation by African Americans.
Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the rate of new business creation has dropped by 23 percent, and this has resulted in 1.8 million fewer jobs.
In addition to this decline in new business development since the recession, the below-parity performance by African American-owned businesses presents a significant lost opportunity for job creation. Had minority businesses reached parity with other businesses, the economy would have created $2.5 trillion in additional economic activity and 16.1 million additional jobs.
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Education Key Factors to Closing Broadband Gap Among African Americans
STEM, Center for Workforce Innovation Job Training, Entrepreneurship Centers of the National Urban League have contributed greatly to the success of African Americans. STEM saw a gain in reading and language and math of over 30% in its students. Center for Workforce Innovation has a success rate of over 70% for its participants who not only receive education but an apprenticeship. Entrepreneurship Centers of the National Urban League provided 10,911 hours of management counseling and 11,242 hours of business skills training to 5,938 entrepreneurs in 2010 in key focus areas of management skill evaluations, relationship building, strategic group deployment, and business management training.
In 2010, 56 percent of African Americans and 67 percent of white Americans had access to broadband at home—a gap of 11 percentage points.
—In 2009, the home broadband access gap was 19 percentage points. 53 percent of African Americans believed that lack of broadband is a major disadvantage to finding out about jobs and career skills in 2010.
In 2007, 6.2 percent of businesses in the information sector were African American-owned, but they only generated 0.23 percent of all revenues in that sector.
The US wireless industry is responsible for 3.8 million jobs, directly and indirectly, an increase of more than 200,000 over the past six years
– this accounts for 2.6% of all US employment.