The United Nations telecommunications secretary-general told a gathering of industry leaders last week that regulators should encourage innovation to help broadband achieve the same kind of unprecedented growth experienced by the mobile industry.
U.S. consumers can save thousands of dollars a year using their broadband access to find deals and services online, according to a new analysis from the Internet Innovation Alliance.
The Department of Commerce has released a new report that shows a narrowing of the digital divide. From 2001 to 2009, home broadband adoption grew from 9 percent to 64 percent. Further, more than 7 out of 10 U.S. households use the Internet on a regular basis. However, the study also found that usage gaps still remain, particularly amongst rural and minority populations.
In West Virginia, the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department has signed up for a broadband stimulus program that is designed to increase broadband education and access in underserved areas of the state.
Nearly all analysts and pundits agree that yesterday’s election results were largely about the economy and jobs. Our nation’s economy has faced many challenges and millions of Americans are ready to get back to work while the private sector is looking to Washington for signs of stability.