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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Reported operational cell sites deployed by the responding carriers were 283,385, up a record 30,299 sites (12.0%)
– from 253,086 cell sites reported as of December 2010, and up 10.3% from June 2011’s 256,920 sites.
A Build Out of New Spectrum Creates More than 300,000 Jobs, and an Additional $230 GDP over Five Years
Based on the FCC’s proposal to make 500MHz available for mobile broadband use over the next ten years, including 300 MHz in the next five years, this study found that the build out of 300 MHz of new spectrum made available for commercial mobile broadband uses will create more than 300,000 new jobs and an additional $230 billion in GDP over five years, accounting for direct, indirect and induced effects.
ITIF estimates that spurring an additional investment of $30 billion in America’s IT network infrastructure in 2009 will create approximately 949,000 U.S. jobs.
In 2008, a Forrester Research survey found that more than half of U.S. online consumers never heard of Internet-based health monitoring services that help manage chronic conditions, or home-based monitoring solutions for aging, ill, or disabled family members.
-improved accessibility to specialist care
-reduced hospitalizations, resulting in lower treatment costs for chronic patients
-enables early, proactive intervention for follow-up care
-enables caregivers to take a more active role in the care of family members
-improves efficiency by enabling medical professionals to focus on patients who need them the most
Health care benefits of live videoconferencing:
-improved access to specialty care for rural and underserved patients
-earlier diagnosis and intervention for chronic conditions
-fewer redundancies in tests, lab work, and exams
-reduced the cost of care by up to 6% overall-but 42% for follow-up care
-reduced wait times
-improved training and education of medical interns
Today, there are more than 200 telehealth networks connecting some 2,000 institutions across the country, according to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).
Telehealth is the use of telecommunications and information technologies in any area of health care.
including medical intervention, prevention, care management, education, administrative tasks, and even health advocacy. It can also be used for health care administrative and educational functions. It is a broader term than “telemedicine,” which is generally understood to refer to direct medical interaction through telecommunications channels.
Kevin Stiroh showed that industries with higher capital stock in telecommunications and computing equipment experienced higher productivity gains. (p. 44)
For the period 1989 to 2001, IT-intensive industries experienced a 3.0% increase in productivity, while less IT-intensive industries had productivity growth of only 0.4%. During the recent economic recession, IT-intensive industries experienced a 3.1% improvement in productivity, while less IT-intensive industries had a decline in productivity of –0.3%.
The convergence of telecommunications and computers are replacing the need to manufacture, publish, print and ship documents, books, CDs and DVDs… (p. 28)