U.S. is Doing Fine in Broadband Performance, According to Study by Information Technology and Information Foundation
Broadband's Impact, International
February 12th, 2013
WASHINGTON, February 12, 2013 – The United States is, in fact, among the world leaders in broadband deployment, according to a study released Tuesday by the Information Technology and Information Foundation. “Through this report, we identify multiple areas where America is doing well, where improvement is needed and most importantly the real reasons for some […]
Internet Innovation Alliance Strikes Positive Note About Broadband and Apps Economy in 2013
Broadband's Impact, Congress, Education, FCC, Health
January 24th, 2013
WASHINGTON, January 24, 2013 – Broadband is about more than internet connection speeds, but now is everywhere, and affecting the way that consumers interacting with constantly-connected devices, according to a guide released by the Internet Innovation Alliance. The IIA guide highlights the usage of broadband connectivity in the advancement of distance learning in schools, as […]
Lifeline Reform One More Step Toward Adoption
FCC, Universal Service
January 27th, 2012
WASHINGTON, January 27, 2012 – A couple weeks ago, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the FCC’s Order to modernize the Universal Service Fund’s Lifeline Program. In a week where almost all of the media’s attention was focused on new technologies and innovative gadgets at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Genachowski reminded the public […]
Expert Opinion: Get Our Older Adults Online
Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion
July 14th, 2011
If you’re like most consumers today, you’re spending many hours a day online, surfing the Internet for information, sending and receiving e-mails, watching videos, exchanging photos, communicating on social networks, playing games, and shopping online. However, within the older adult community, age 65+, only a little over a third have adopted broadband and are able to go online at home.
With much of our information, entertainment, commerce, and even government services now on the Internet, our seniors have rapidly become the most digitally divided segment of our society – and with the great benefits the Internet has to offer our aging community, they’re missing out on an opportunity to improve their lives at a most critical point.
Expert Opinion: The New Market Frontier in Technology
Broadband's Impact, Education, Expert Opinion, Health, Minority, The Innovation Economy, Universal Service
June 30th, 2011
Last year, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recognized the role of technology in strengthening this country’s economy by investing 7.2 million in funding into technology and broadband adoption initiatives through the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP). Through this funding the United States can build technology infrastructures and bring low-income residents online for the first time. However, technology in and of itself is not what is important. What is important is how people, families and communities use that technology to improve their lives. What will drive adoption and sustainability? Why will someone come online for the first time? What did we learn as an industry and society in bringing the first 100M on line that can help us in bringing the last 100M online? What is the real cost benefit analysis on people having access to information that directly impacts the way they manage their health, educate their children or plan for their financial future. I challenge all of us not to look at the cost of building these networks – but rather the cost of not building it.
FCC Finds VoIP Subscribership Growing While Broadband Adoption Stagnates
Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, FCC
March 22nd, 2011
WASHINGTON March 22,2011 – The Federal Communications Commission released its annual Local Telephone Competition and Broadband Deployment reports on Monday which show the rapid growth of Voice over IP and the stagnation of broadband adoption.
Digital Impact Group: Persistent Digital Divide Among Low-Income Individuals
Broadband Plan Commentary, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan
March 8th, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, Penn., March 8, 2010 – There is a persistent digital divide among low-income individuals, households, and communities throughout the US, as it relates to “always on” high-speed Internet access in homes. Over 100 million individuals representing over 40 million households do not use broadband because they cannot access it, cannot afford it, do not know how to use it, or are not aware of its benefits.
Reflections on ‘Sustainable Adoption’ for Round 2 of Broadband Stimulus
Broadband Stimulus, Expert Opinion, Universal Service
January 11th, 2010
LAKE FOREST, Ill., January 11, 2010 – Last July when the Round 1 of Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program was announced, Don Samuelson suggested that public housing authorities across the country ought to be applying to BTOP for financial assistance to promote the use of the Internet by their senior residents:
“Every public housing authority in the United States should apply for stimulus funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Agency to set up a program to promote the benefits and use of the Internet for its senior housing residents. The goal should be to make the case for the practical benefits of broadband and the Internet sufficiently compelling so that seniors would want a computer and Internet connection in their individual units. The use of the Internet should be as valuable as a TV or a phone. This is a ‘value proposition’ that remains to be made. ”
It appears that no one followed the suggestion. There were no sustainable adoption proposals in the first round of BTOP for senior housing. We’ve since updated our analysis and refined our thinking.
Memphis Citizens Embrace Broadband as They Question Government Involvement
FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
December 15th, 2009
December 15, 2009 – The value of universal access to broadband was discussed at an occasionally tense Federal Communications Commission field hearing in Memphis on Monday night. The hearing was intended to focus on whether broadband services are being deployed in a way that allows all Americans to benefit, though it also addressed why internet access is necessary.
“I believe that universal access to broadband needs to be seen as a civil right,” said FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn. “I don’t think you can look at it in any other way.”
ALA Says Public Libraries Are One Key Solution to Broadband Adoption
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan
December 3rd, 2009
The American Library Association on Wednesday submitted comments (PDF) to the Federal Communications Commission addressing broadband adoption. The ALA filed the comments in response to the FCC’s call for input about adoption as it relates to the National Broadband Plan.