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

Wednesday, July 29

Tweeting Your Way Into Court

By Brad

Here’s something to keep your eye on: A woman in Chicago complained via Twitter about her former apartment, and is now being sued by the property management company—to the tune of $50,000—for sullying the company’s name.

Libraries Feeling Left Out

By Bruce Mehlman

Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the ALA, has sent a letter to NTIA asking that the definitions of “unserved” and “underserved” not be applied to the country’s libraries:

Congress’s commitment of $7.2 billion in funding for broadband connectivity via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was viewed as an opportunity to connect all of our communities in a cost-effective, inclusive way. However, the ALA believes the release of the first-round NOFA raises significant concerns and hurdles for libraries considering applying for broadband funding. These concerns stem from what was perceived as the ARRA’s giving libraries, as anchor institutions, priority with regard to the five statutory purposes. However, the NOFA in effect de-prioritizes libraries and discourages them from applying for funding in a number of ways.

For many people, libraries provide the only opportunity to access the Internet. For a national broadband plan to be truly effective, libraries can’t be left out.

Tuesday, July 28

IIA VIdeo: Consumer Benefits of Broadband Study (Part 1)


Jonathan Orszag presents the findings of a report “The Substantial Consumer Benefits of Broadband Connectivity for U.S. Households.”

Monday, July 27

Broadband #1

By Brad

A new study from the Pike & Fischer Broadband Advisory finds that when asked to rank “advanced communications” services, respondents said high-speed Internet is most important:

Pike & Fischer asked some 280 executives, engineers, and consultants from the cable, phone, satellite TV, broadcast, and technology equipment industries of their opinions on the appeal of various services to customers. When asked to rank a number of “advanced communications services” on a scale of one to five (five being the highest), almost 40 percent of Pike & Fischer’s survey respondents gave high-speed data the highest rating. Comparatively, only about 25 percent ranked HDTV as high, and digital phone service was at the bottom of the list, with under 10 percent ranking it a five.

Strange Ailment of the Day

By Brad

A crippling allergy to…wi-fi?

12 Steps for the Internet

By Brad

A new study from the group LogMeIn finds that 85% of small business workers say they prefer to stay connected while on vacation. This prompts Om Malik of GigaOm to wonder whether vacations of the future will be all about staying away from the Internet.

That’s certainly a better solution for Internet addiction than shock therapy—just ask China.

Broadband Fact of the Week


Fact of the Week

Telehealth can save money and improve quality of life and quality of care. In Pennsylvania, diabetic patients using a remote home monitoring system averaged hospitalization costs of $87,000, versus $232,000 for members of a control group who received only traditional in-person nurse visits.

Rintels, Jonathan. “An Action Plan for America: Using Technology and Innovation to Address our Nation’s Critical Challenges.” The Benton Foundation. 2008

More facts about broadband and health care.

Pulling the Plug

By Brad

Cell-phones turned communication wireless. Wi-Fi made surfing the Internet sans cable a reality. Now, via the L.A. Times, word comes that the long-held dream of actually powering devices without cords may soon be a reality. The company behind the innovation, WiTricity of Massachusetts, says their product will be on the market within a year and a half. Stay tuned…

Friday, July 24

The Copyright Struggle

By Brad

As the traditional news model continues to struggle, the old journalism guard is exploring ways to protect—and keep profiting from—their content. Leading the charge is the Associated Press, which after experimenting with forcing bloggers and aggregator sites like the Drudge Report to take down AP content, has shifted gears and created a “news registry” to monitor the use of its content. Read Write Web explains:

The AP’s content will be attached to a digital-permissions framework and monitored for its usage. This means that every time a blogger uses AP materials, they’ll be alerted to its permissions and someone will be watching to see that it’s being used correctly. AP posts will actually bare pop ups with permissions and sources.

Whether this new idea will solve the online content sharing riddle remains to be seen, but other media conglomerates are surely paying attention.

Talking Broadband with Orszag


Leroy Jones, Jr. of the site Technical Jones interviewed Jonathan Orszag for his “Talking Technology” podcast. The topic: the findings in Orszag’s study “The Substantial Consumer Benefits of Broadband Connectivity for U.S. Households.”

Check out the podcast.

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