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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In 2008 Google employed fewer than 20,000 or less than four percent of the number employed by AT&T, Verizon, and Qwest or about 1/5 of the employment of Comcast alone.
One investment analyst found that broadband penetration as a percentage of total subscribers is 30.5% for rural telephone companies compared to 27.7% with Verizon, AT&T and Qwest.
Qwest estimates it would cost $3 billion to extend high-speed service to 95 percent of the households in its service area. That includes $235 million for Iowa.
It costs Mediacom and Qwest $20,000 to $30,000 a mile to run the cables to extend high-speed Internet service to an isolated house in rural Iowa.