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.
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Internet usage among adults in the U.S. has hit an all-time high. Surveys show an increase from 38% to 77% in last decade while globally a benchmark of 1 Billion Internet users was reached!
The share of Americans who have broadband access at home has reached 55%. While rural America has lagged the rest of the nation in use of high-speed Internet access at home, the gap between rural and non-rural America has narrowed significantly. The rate of broadband penetration into rural areas was 40% in 2005/2006 according to a study by Pew Internet and American Life Project. However, this rate slowed to a mere 12% in 2005/2006. What is the reason (or reason’s) for such a drastic slow down?
A recent study showed that the percentage of adult Americans with broadband at home has grown from 47% in early 2007 to 55% in 2008. One-third of these broadband users pay extra to get faster connections while poorer Americans saw no growth in broadband usage in the past year. This indicates that financial ability plays a role. As broadband penetration moves beyond beyond suburbia, the cost per mile to run the lines simply becomes too expensive. Outlying areas must then resort to Satellite Internet services which in the past carried a minimum cost of $60/mo. which is out of reach for the lower income population.
In addition to to the higher cost, these satellites utilize microwave as a means to broadcast and receive the signal which is ill-affected by weather.These type of Microwave Satellite systems are known as two-way systems, which simply means that the signal journeys round trip to the satellite and back twice before the signal is displayed on the monitor screen.
Considering these facts, at least one of the reasons for the slowdown in high speed Internet growth in rural America that was documented in 2005/2006 appears to be financial.
[Research firm Gartner] says respondents to a recent survey of 528 information-technology managers at large organizations say that, on average, 10% of workers at their companies use employee-owned notebooks as their primary work PC. The respondents predicted that figure will jump to 14% by mid-2010, Gartner says.
During a survey conducted by Forrester research of 2,001 employees, only one in 25 information workers telecommutes full-time. Another 4% telecommute between two and four days a week. One in four work remotely one day a week or less. Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed never telecommute.
During a survey conducted by Forrester research of 2,001 employees, almost 60% of information workers say they e-mail hourly; 87% use it at least occasionally. Meanwhile, 74% say they never use instant messaging at work.
During a survey conducted by Forrester research of 2,001 employees, seventy-six percent never use Web conferencing tools such as Cisco System’s WebEx. Others that are mostly ignored include business-reporting tools (78%), team document-sharing sites such as Microsoft SharePoint (80%), social networking sites (89%) and videoconferencing (91%).
During a survey conducted by Forrester research of 2,001 employees, managers are the most likely (50%) to get a notebook or smartphone (20%). Manufacturing and retail employees are the least likely to be issued a laptop or smartphone (less than 20% and 10%, respectively).
During a survey conducted by Forrester research of 2,001 employees, only one in three information workers use a laptop for work, while one in nine uses a smartphone. Seventy-six percent use a desktop PC most of the time. One in five shares a PC with a co-worker.
In 2007, the Department of Homeland Security published a report studying the effects that a pandemic could have on the Internet at large, and on telecommuting adults in particular. The report said that 90% of the telecommuting population would experience slowdowns or blackouts when accessing the Internet.
According to a survey by RVA Marketing Associates, 17% of those who have FTTH say they are working from home more as a result and more of them had home-based businesses as well.
Next generation satellite will be rolling out in 2011 and will provide approximately 3 Mbps for prices now charged for 600 kbps.