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

Monday, March 29

IIA Video: Sylvia Aguilera

By IIA

Sylvia Aguilera, Executive Director of the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership, talks about closing America’s digital divide.

Broadband Fact of the Week

By IIA

Fact of the Week

According to FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, in 2003, about 15% of Americans had access to broadband in their homes and that number has grown to nearly two-thirds of the country.

Kamala Lane & Howard Buskirk, “McDowell Warns Against Excessive Broadband Regulation.” Warren’s Washington Internet Daily, February 1, 2010.

More facts about broadband.

Friday, March 26

The Rise of Smartphones

By Brad

Nielsen conducted a survey on smartphone adoption and found some surprising results:

The share of smartphones as a proportion of overall device sales has increased to 29% for phone purchasers in the last six months and 45% of respondents to a Nielsen survey indicated that their next device will be a smartphone. If we combine these intentional data points with falling prices and increasing capabilities of these devices along with a explosion of applications for devices, we are seeing the beginning of a groundswell. This increase will be so rapid, that by the end of 2011, Nielsen expects more smartphones in the U.S. market than feature phones.

No wonder the FCC made increasing the amount of spectrum available to wireless service providers a key component of the National Broadband Plan.

The Business of Spam

By Brad

New Scientist has created an interesting graphic that helps shed light on the history of spam. Fast Company offers some insight on what it means in business terms:

Out of 35 million span emails sent out in one month, only 28 actually turned into sales. (Are you reading this, guy who will no doubt drop spam below this very post, likely in the form of ASCII “bear” or “battleship” art?) But if you extrapolate that out to the whole network, that comes to $3.5 million in earnings.

Cost of the Plan

By Bruce Mehlman

National Broadband Plan

The Washington Post reports that all told, the FCC spent $20 million putting together the National Broadband Plan. $13 million came from stimulus funds, the other $7 million from the agency’s own budget.

Thursday, March 25

What Happens Now?

By Brad

National Broadband Plan

IIA Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman’s latest column for FierceTelecom examines some of the questions waiting to be answered as the National Broadband Plan moves forward.



Mobile Data Explosion

By Brad

Yesterday, Ericsson announced that worldwide mobile data passed voice data for the first time. Today, CNN Money reports, mobile advertising network AdMob offers some insight as to just how much mobile Internet traffic is up:

Smartphones (like the iPhone): Up 193% year over year in absolute terms as their share of AdMob’s traffic in an expanding market grew from 35% to 48%

Feature phones (like most Samsung, Nokia and LG phones): Up 31% in absolute terms as the mobile Internet space expanded. But their share of AdMob’s traffic fell from 58% to 35%

Mobile Internet devices (chiefly the iPod touch, but also connected game systems like the Sony PSP and Nintendo DSi): Up 403% in absolute terms as their traffic share grew from about 7% to 17%.

Mystery Monkey

By Brad

Via Mashable comes the story of a rogue monkey, a Facebook page, and the more than 44,000 fans who are tracking the primate’s every move.

Fewer Regulations, More Innovations

By Bruce Mehlman

Writing at Forbes, Randolph J. May of the Free State Foundation argues against imposing broad net neutrality rules:

Instead, the FCC should take a less intrusive, less rigid approach that will still allow it to deal with any real anticompetitive abuses that cause consumer harm. While it is highly unlikely that such abuses will occur in a marketplace in which consumers generally have a choice of Internet providers, there nevertheless is a properly delimited role for the FCC to play in policing and remedying any anticompetitive acts.

Rather than adopting broad-brush regulations that place ISP practices that may benefit consumers off limits, the FCC could adopt a simple rule prohibiting ISPs from engaging in practices that constitute an abuse of significant and non-transitory market power that harm consumers. A market-oriented rule like this would provide the FCC with a principled basis for adjudicating allegations that ISPs are acting anti-competitively and causing consumer harm. Using traditional antitrust-like jurisprudence that incorporates rigorous economic analysis, the Commission would focus on specific allegations of consumer harm in the context of the particular marketplace situation.

Wednesday, March 24

Keeping the Economy Growing

By Bruce Mehlman

At Real Clear Markets, IIA Broadband Ambassador Bret Swanson examines the effect new regulations on the Internet could have on innovation and investment:

The U.S. began the 2000’s with fewer than five million residential broadband lines and zero mobile broadband. We begin the new decade with 71 million residential lines and 300 million portable and mobile broadband devices. In all, consumer bandwidth grew almost 15,000%.

Even a thriving Internet, however, cannot escape Washington’s eager eye. As the Federal Communications Commission contemplates new “network neutrality” regulation and even a return to “Title II” telephone regulation, we have to wonder where growth will come from in the 2010’s.

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