Because every American
should have access
to broadband Internet.

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.

The Podium

Tuesday, March 23

Four Encouraging Things About the National Broadband Plan

By Brad

National Broadband Plan

At the Huffington Post, IIA Broadband Ambassador Navarrow Wright digs into the FCC’s National Broadband Plan and highlights four points he finds encouraging:

[T]his plan has a real-world focus. Probably the best parts of the report deal with the specific ways broadband will improve our lives. The plan has clear, almost futuristic detail on what broadband means for us. Start with jobs and economic growth - probably the single most important issue in the country now. Today’s entrepreneurs can’t grow an effective business and generate jobs without high-speed Internet access, which offers low barriers to entry. But the plan also covers online education to help the unemployed or underemployed, improved energy efficiency and better healthcare at less cost.

On that last point, a nursing home can cost $200 a day. But a wireless health monitoring system for someone living independently costs half that much per month. Do the math.

Read Navarrow Wright’s full op-ed at Huffington Post.

Broadband Fact of the Week


Fact of the Week

Minority-owned small businesses are growing four times faster than all U.S. firms, accounting for over 50% of the 2 million businesses started in the U.S.

Matt Warner, “Opportunities For Disadvantaged Businesses,” Blogband. October 6, 2009.

Read more facts about broadband.

Monday, March 22

IIA Video: David Sutphen


IIA Co-Chair David Sutphen speaks about the the specifics of digital literacy and the digital divide.

Crazy Stat of the Day

By Brad

Every 60 seconds, more than 24 hours of video content is now submitted to YouTube. Seriously.

Transparency in the Digital Age

By Brad

The Public Online Information Act of 2010,  submitted in Congress by Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY], would require the Executive Branch to “publish all publicly available information on the Internet in a timely fashion and in user-friendly formats.”

Questions for Congress

By Bruce Mehlman

At the Washington Post, tech writer Cecilia Kang offers 10 smart questions for Congress to ask FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski about the National Broadband Plan.

Leaving China

By Brad

Via CNet, word has it that after fights over censorship — and a major cyber attack — Google is preparing to pull out of China:

After months of negotiations over whether it can run with or without restrictions, it seemed that Google was getting ready to make a decision in the near-term future. However, according to a Financial Times report last week, Google is now “99.9 percent” certain that it will shut down

The rumored date for Google’s departure is April 10.

Update, courtesy of Ars Technica:

Google has officially stopped censoring search results in China, but in a somewhat roundabout way. no longer works as a search portal—instead, visitors are being directed to Google’s service based out of Hong Kong, where taboo topics are not regulated by the Chinese government.

Whether China will simply block Internet users in the mainland from accessing Google Hong Kong remains to be seen.

Friday, March 19

We’ve Come a Long Way

By David

The Internet is the great equalizer and enabler in today’s global, digital economy – those not online have the most to lose. We are thrilled to see many months of collaboration between the public and private sectors come to bear in a historic National Broadband Plan. 

We’ve come a long way in the development of high-speed Internet, and going forward, the people who can benefit most from broadband connectivity should be the focus of every discussion on Internet policy. The plan provides a great opportunity to extend the power of connectivity to all Americans, consistent with the President’s goals and vision.

The Road Ahead

By Bruce Mehlman

National Broadband Plan

I applaud the FCC for presenting an ambitious plan that sets goals for greater broadband availability, adoption and speeds — all key to the advancement of our economic, health care and educational systems. 

The National Broadband Plan both highlights a decade of success and innovation in Internet technology and lays out the work that remains ahead. It has been estimated that hitting the targets outlined in the plan, including at least 90 percent broadband adoption by 2020, could cost as much as $350 billion. This plan could be powerful and positive provided strict new regulations are not imposed to undermine investment. 

At Long Last: A National Broadband Plan

By Brad

National Broadband Plan

It’s an historic day for America’s Internet, as this morning FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski officially released the National Broadband Plan.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski unveils the country’s first National Broadband Plan. The plan sets an ambitious agenda for connecting all corners of the nation while transforming the economy and society with the communications network of the future—robust, affordable Internet.

The full plan is available at



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