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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Reported operational cell sites deployed by the responding carriers were 283,385, up a record 30,299 sites (12.0%)
– from 253,086 cell sites reported as of December 2010, and up 10.3% from June 2011’s 256,920 sites.
The Shift to 4G Wireless Infrastructure Will Open Door to New Applications, Products, Industries and Services
Past experience suggests that the shift to 4G wireless infrastructure will also open the door to a wide range of new applications, products, services, and even industries that no one can anticipate in advance. These developments almost certainly will produce economic gains at least comparable to those generated by the previous build-out and adoption of 3G technologies and related devices in America.
Carriers added 13.2Tbps of new international capacity in 2010
In 2010, carriers added 13.2Tbps of new international capacity, up from 9.4Tbps in 2009, and 6Tbps in 2008.
Cable companies are now rolling out technology that offers 50 mbps to 48.6 million U.S. households
Cable companies are now rolling out technology that offers 50 mbps to 48.6 million U.S. households, according to a January research report by SNL Kagan.
In 2008…fiber to the home had the biggest jump at 56%
According to the FCC, DSL connections were up 3% in 2008 to 30 million, while fiber to the home had the biggest jump at 56%.
Depending on the type of technology deployed an additional $63.6 billion of capital expenditures on broadband networks would occasion between 61,000 and 140,000 jobs.
Investment in information and communication technologies (ICT) like broadband
contributed almost 1 percent (0.8%) to average annual real GDP growth in the United States from 1994 to 2000.
The United States spends about 2 percent of GDP per year on infrastructure investment
(this includes federal, state and local, and private sector spending) compared to about 5 percent in Europe and 9 percent in China.
Another recent report estimates that a “stimulus package that spurs or supports $10 billion of investment in 1 year in broadband networks will support an estimated 498,000 new or retained U.S. jobs for one year.”
Analysts expect that wired broadband internet access availability will plateau and reach about 95% of homes in the United States by 2015 while more than 69% of households will subscribe by 2015.