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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Although cellular telephony was first introduced in 1983, only 41 percent of elderly households possessed wireless subscription service in 2003.
But by 2010, wireless adoption among the elderly has grown to nearly 80 percent.
The wireless revolution has transformed the way Americans communicate with each other.
Over 30 percent of all U.S. households have eliminated their land line service and the percentage of these households that rely exclusively on landline telecommunications has fallen dramatically: from 58 percent in 2003 to only 19 by 2010.
24% of rural businesses and 35% of non-rural businesses currently allow employees to telework or telecommute.
Dialup Access to Internet Among U.S. Farms Falling
Dialup access on U.S. farms dropped from 23 percent in 2009 to 12 percent in 2011.
DSL Most Common Method of Accessing the Internet for U.S. Farms
DSL is the common method of accessing the Internet, with 38 percent of U.S. farms using it, up from 36 percent in 2009.
Vast Majority of U.S. Farms with Significant Sales and Government Payments Have Access to Internet and Computers
In 2011, 84 percent of U.S. farms with sales and government payments of $250,000 or more have access to a computer, 83 percent own or lease a computer, 72 percent are using a computer for their farm business, and 82 percent have Internet access. For farms with sales and government payments between $100,000 and $249,999, the figures are: 68 percent have access to a computer, 68 percent own or lease a computer, 52 percent are using a computer for their farm business, and 67 percent have Internet access. Of the farms with sales and government payments between $10,000 and $99,999, 63 percent reported having computer access, 62 percent own or lease a computer, 41 percent use a computer for their farm business, and 60 percent have Internet access.
Wireless and Satellite Primary Methods for Internet Access among U.S. Farms
Dialup access from 23 percent in 2009 to 12 percent in 2011. Satellite and wireless were each reported as the primary Internet access methods in 15 and 20 percent of those U.S. farms with Internet access, respectively.
Approximately 40 percent of U.S. Farms Use Computers for Business
In 2011, 37 percent of farms reported using computers, compared to 35 percent in 2007.
U.S. Farms’ Access to Internet on the Rise
A total of 62 percent of U.S. farms now have Internet access, compared to 59 percent in 2009.
Limited Availability of Specialty Providers in Rural Areas Results in Higher Costs
UnitedHealthcare found that in 70 percent of health service areas with both rural and urban hospitals, rural hospital unit prices were higher than those at urban facilities, in some cases.