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

Friday, July 10

A Problem With Words

By Brad

As the broadband stimulus train rolls on, worries are emerging that wording in the government’s NOFA may mean urban areas will be left out. At the heart of the problem is the definitions of “un-served” and “underserved.” Steve Ferguson, CIO of San Jose, California points out that

language in the ARRA passed by Congress in February listed “un-served” and “underserved” as acceptable eligibility qualifications, but didn’t rule out areas that lacked “underserved” or “un-served” status.

If that inconsistency isn’t cleared up, it makes any attempt for stimulus money in an urban city a virtual impossibility,” Ferguson said, later adding, “We felt like we had a number of very good candidate projects that fit.”

Under the current wording, Ferguson says, a project to wire a fire station in downtown San Jose with fiber wouldn’t receive funding.

Expect the language to be changed soon.

A Bigger, Faster Internet (Mostly)

By Brad

Via InternetNews, a new report from network vendor Akamai finds that despite economic woes around the globe, the Internet will not be stopped. Global IP addresses are up 28% over 2008 (20% in the U.S.), and speeds are up 29%.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that when it comes to speed of connections, the U.S. actually dropped in ranking. Last year we were in 7th place globally. This year we’re down to twelfth.

The state with the fastest speed? That would be Delaware, which has an average connection speed of 7.2 Mps.

Thursday, July 09

Call For Broadband Volunteers

By Brad

As proposals for the initial portion of federal broadband stimulus begin pouring in, the NTIA has announced they’re looking for an army of experienced volunteers to help sift through them.

Those interested can email their resume to NTIA at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Smart Internet Legislation

By Bruce Mehlman

The wild west nature of the Internet can be daunting for parents concerned about what their children see online. But as the National Journal reports, help from Congress will soon be on the way:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., will soon introduce legislation that would create a competitive grant program for state and local education agencies and non-profit organizations to provide Internet safety education to teachers, schools and parents. The measure, which would authorize up to $175 million over five years, would be administered by the Justice Department in collaboration with the departments of Health and Human Services and Education.

It’s encouraging that the focus of the legislation will be on education rather than scare-tactics.

Virtual Job Fair

By Brad

Looking for a job? Socially awkward in the real world? Well then online retailer Amazon has the job fair for you:

The very first Amazon Job Fair in Second Life will take place on Tuesday July 14th and will run from 6 AM to Midnight, PST.

This free event is a unique opportunity for candidates to have direct access to hiring managers and recruiters from around the world. Amazon is looking for all levels of technical and non-technical candidates – from hands-on engineers to program managers and game-changing principal architects. Visit our career site to see the open positions and then make plans to join us in-world.

We’ll be doing first-round virtual interviews (the equivalent of a phone screen) for real-world jobs.

Wednesday, July 08

IIA Video: Broadband and Health Care

By IIA

Carl Taylor, Director of the Center for Strategic Health Innovation (and IIA Broadband Ambassador), discusses changes in health care and telemedicine.

Health care technology today allows patients to track their own vital statistics via mobile devices and work with doctors over broadband to develop personal care strategies.

King of Pop Makes Internet Pop

By Brad

Yesterday’s memorial service for Michael Jackson translated into a massive jump in Internet traffic. In fact, the Akamai network reports handling over 2 terabits per second during the service, an average of more than 3 million visitors per minute.

Global Broadband Surge

By admin

A new study from Parks Associates finds that broadband is on track to reach 640 million households worldwide by 2013. And while the U.S. broadband rates are sure to receive a boost from the Obama administration’s national broadband push, the Asia-Pacific market is expected to lead the charge.

Already the Asia-Pacific market has over 160 million broadband subscribers, and by 2013 it will likely account for 49% of the global broadband share. 

Spammers Getting Shorter

By Brad

Spammers may be annoying, but they’re also a highly creative bunch, able to shift tactics on the fly. Their latest move, as the New York Times “Bits” blog reports, is to use popular url shorteners to slip into your inbox:

MessageLabs, a division of Symantec, said today the presence of shortened URLs in spam had skyrocketed over the last few days and now appears in more than 2 percent of all spam.

The company says that the dozens of new URL-shortening services are allowing spammers to evade anti-spam tools that aim at Web domains known for sending spam. The services also inadvertently help spammers trick Internet users who would normally be wary of domain names like, say, Spammy.ru.

Rarely noted about spammers is the fact that they often spur innovation, as developers scramble to make their products more secure. It’s like an online Cold War, with both sides continually re-arming themselves. So while spammers will never go away, at least their presence offers some benefit. 

Tuesday, July 07

IIA Video: Broadband and Video Games

By IIA

Mike Gallagher, CEO of the Entertainment Software Association (and IIA Broadband Ambassador), discusses how video games and broadband have grown simultaneously—and continue to influence one another’s development.

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