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, June 01

The Future of Gaming is Online

By Brad

Sony has announced a new version of its handheld gaming device the PSP. Called PSP Go, one of the things that makes the upgrade in hardware notable is the fact that it’s the first gaming device to ditch the traditional game discs and instead focus entirely on downloadable games.

Broadband has already made playing games online a popular idea. Now it’s poised to shake up the entire video game industry.

Broadband Fact of the Week


Fact of the Week

From the vantage point of 2008, the 94 percent of U.S. schools with Internet access use almost exclusively broadband connections, but residentially-based broadband in rural areas continues to lag the availability in metropolitan regions.

Robert LaRose et. al., “Closing the Rural Broadband Gap,” Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, Michigan State University. November 30, 2008.

More facts about rural broadband access.

Friday, May 29

Statement on Cybsercurity



WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 29, 2009 – The Internet Innovation Alliance, a broad-based coalition supporting progress with a National Broadband Strategy, today released the following statement in support of President Obama’s 60-day cybersecurity report:

“We commend President Obama for recognizing cybersecurity as an essential foundation for broadband Internet to realize its full economic, cultural and social potential. A safe, secure Internet with the public’s trust is critical to enabling the innovations that can improve our lives and to spurring broadband adoption among citizens.

“More than 75 percent of Americans feel that the Internet is too dangerous and believe nave users can easily be taken advantage of, according to a survey of more than 1,000 Americans conducted by TRUSTe. Making consumers comfortable with capabilities that require safe and secure connections such as online banking and medical record storage-and-retrieval, as well as popular services like photo sharing and online gaming, is key to achieving universal availability and adoption of high speed Internet.

“Serious cyber-crime threats against consumers like phishing, hacking and identity theft persist, while national security challenges to government systems and critical infrastructure threaten our country every day. Overcoming these challenges to encourage widespread broadband Internet adoption requires a concerted effort with the government and private sector working closely together. The cybersecurity report and proposed action plan represent an essential first step toward a most critical goal.”

IIA Video: Technology and Hispanic Communities


Sylvia Aguilera, Executive Director of the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership, discusses the technology needs of Hispanic communities.


Thursday, May 28

The Latest Combatant in the Ongoing Search War

By Brad

When it comes to Internet search, Google remains unstoppable. But that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from re-entering the fray. Their new engine is called Bing, and as Read Write Web has a preview:

For the most part, Bing’s interface resembles that of today’s Live Search, with a large ‘cover image’ on the front page that surrounds the search box. The major difference in the user interface is the addition of guided searches in the left sidebar, though Microsoft says that the real changes are under the hood. The company argues that it can bring a new approach to Internet search by providing a richer, easier, and more organized search experience. This, for example, means that Bing will integrate data from consumer reviews when a search brings up a restaurant.

According to Microsoft, a chink in Google’s armor is the fact close to 30% of searches are abandoned. Whether that, and Bing’s other features, will be enough to cut into Google’s massive search share remains to be seen.

Reporting on Rural Broadband

By Brad

Yesterday the FCC released its report on the state of rural broadband. Ars Technica digs in:

The document urges reform of the Universal Service Fund, but is very brief about how. It looks for ways to encourage interagency cooperation, recommending that the FCC create a “comprehensive website that will provide a centralized access portal for information concerning all federal programs addressing broadband.” But beyond that, the report calls for the continuation of the National Economic Council’s interagency working group, and not a lot more. Much of the essay is an encyclopedia of extant consultative agreements between states, localities, Indian tribes, and Federal agencies.

More coverage of the report from the Wall Street Journal.

Cutting AOL Loose

By Brad

Once upon a time, AOL seemed poised to dominate the Internet. It was easy, it was quick, it offered a filter of safety from the wilds of the open Internet. So popular was the service that in the year 2000 Time Warner forked over a staggering $147 billion to buy the service.

Now, not even 10 years later, Time Warner is finally jettisoning AOL from its holdings. What was once king has turned into peasant.

Save the Date: IIA Broadband Symposium


The Internet Innovation Alliance presents its Biannual Symposium:

Developing a National Broadband Strategy: Deployment, Adoption and the Stimulus

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
8:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Newseum, 8th Floor

Breakfast and lunch will be served
Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Symposium will:

Examine the steps necessary to bring broadband access to unserved and rural communities
Address issues of broadband demand and how content can be a driver of broadband adoption
Discuss the future of broadband Internet, deployment of stimulus funds and impacts on minority and underserved communities


West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III

With panelists:

Sylvia Aguilera, Director, Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership
Becky Collins, Small Business Owner
Howie Hodges, SVP of Government Affairs, One Economy Corporation
John Horrigan, Associate Director, Research, Pew Internet and American Life Project
Craig Settles, Industry Analyst, President of
Scott Wallsten, Senior Policy Fellow, Vice President for Research & Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

Wednesday, May 27

Coming Soon (Updated)

By Brad

The FCC’s rural broadband report? The one submitted for comments way back in March? Evidently it’s going to be released sometime today.

Stay tuned…

UPDATE: The report has been released and is available in handy pdf form.

Clues from Japan

By Brad

The BBC reports, Japan—once saddled with one of the slowest and most costly broadband networks in the world—has managed to dramatically turn things around:

Seeing the country fall behind dramatically in terms of fixed Internet use the government decided to act: the end result was a seriously fast fibre-based FTTH 1Gbps (gigabits per second) (fibre-to-the-home) network at one of the lowest price-per-megabits anywhere.

That means a film, for example, can be downloaded in the time it takes to make a cup of tea.

If it can be done there, it can be done here.

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