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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Connected Nation estimates that 4.4 million U.S. business establishments have websites, including more than 2 million businesses with fewer than five employees.
A Connected Nation survey revealed the people cite five reasons for not hooking up to broadband: don’t need it, 44 percent; don’t have a computer, 32 percent; it’s too expensive, 23 percent; it’s not available (unserved), 14 percent; they get it somewhere else (a school or library), 8 percent.
Connected Nation CEO Brian Mefford estimates that about 19 percent of West Virginia’s residents are unserved by broadband.
According to a Connected Nation study based on the results of expanded broadband service in Kentucky, whether people are working from home or seeing their doctors remotely via broadband, the study estimates West Virginians would save more than $40 million in mileage costs.
If West Virginia broadband access grew by just 7 percent, the state could see an annual economic boost of more than $616 million, according to a Connected Nation study based on the results of expanded broadband service in Kentucky.
The impact would create 12,690 new jobs in the state, and about $399 million in new income
A study by Connected Nation, a non-profit broadband lobbying group, estimates that 173,000 jobs could be created in Texas alone by extending high-speed connections across the state.
Of those who don’t subscribe to broadband [in Kentucky], more cite the service’s impracticality (44%) than its cost (23%) or lack of availability (14%).
Applying the Kentucky example to a national scale, it posits that a similar boost [in broadband subscription] could add $134 billion to the U.S. economy in the form of new jobs and various cost savings.
Connect Kentucky estimates that broadband adoption in Kentucky increased 7% more than it would have without its work.
Connect Kentucky has so far spread broadband to an additional 300,000 residents.