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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.
Thursday, January 07
Now that the holidays are behind us, retail numbers are starting to come in. As it turns out, one of the big winners this holiday season was online retailers. Reports TechCrunch:
For the full holiday online shopping season, $29.1 billion was spent online, showing 4 percent increase versus the same period last year, according to comScore. It looks like consumers spent just over $2 billion online over the past week, as $27 billion was spent online as of last week for the shopping season from November 1 through Christmas Eve. The day consumers spent the most online happened to be on Tuesday, December 15, a.k.a, “Green Tuesday,” with consumers spending a total of $913 million in one day.
In further evidence of the rising influence of online video, a California federal judge has ruled that next week’s trial over the state’s controversial Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, can be broadcast on YouTube.
The FCC, due to present a national broadband plan to Congress by February 17, has asked for a one month extension so that it can “finish digging through the massive volume of public comments.”
Cornell Belcher, President of Brilliant COrners Research & Strategies, talks about the Internet Innovation Alliance, broadband, and the digital divide.
Wednesday, January 06
Via Broadcasting & Cable, a coalition of minority women’s organizations — including the Asian American Justice Center, the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership, and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators — are calling on the FCC to take the digital divide into account as it moves forward with proposed net neutrality regulations.
From the coalition’s letter to the FCC:
As organizations that serve communities that are among the most severely impacted by a lack of access to technology, we urge you to keep your number one focus on the need to get everyone connected. We are concerned that some of the proposed regulations on the Internet could, as applied, inhibit the goal of universal access and leave disenfranchised communities further behind. We are also concerned that some proposed regulations could inhibit investments being made by companies employing hundreds of thousands of workers and connecting millions to the opportunities that broadband technology affords to those in our community – from telemedicine to distance learning to applying for jobs online.
CNet reports on a new survey on Internet usage from the Pew Research Center (PDF), which finds that 74% of adult Americans are online. That’s the good news. The bad news is the digital divide remains very much in place, with 76% of white Americans online compared to 59% of African Americans and 55% of Hispanic Americans.
Tuesday, January 05
As the Pew Internet and American Life Project recently found, “some 74% of internet users - representing 55% of the adult population - went online in 2008 to get involved in the political process or to get news and information about the election.”
BB4US.net, “Report of the US Broadband Coalition on a National Broadband Strategy,” US Broadband Coalition. September 24, 2009
Monday, January 04
This Wednesday, over 100,000 techies will be descending upon Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. Among the hot topics for the event, MarketWatch reports, will be mobile devices and people always being connected to the Internet.
In other CES news, our very own co-chairman David Sutphen will be participating in a session titled “Mobile & Broadband Music: New Platforms + New Technology + More Music + Dynamic Marketplace,” alongside heavy hitters like Brad Duea, the president of Napster, and Rob Lewis, the CEO of Omnifone.