Broadband

Ten percent of American adults use a smartphone with a wireless mobile connection as a substitute for a broadband internet subscription

While 80 percent of U.S. adults have access to high-speed internet, ten percent have access only through a smartphone. This proportion is even higher among African Americans (15 percent), Hispanics (22 percent), and individuals with a high-school degree or less (14 percent). While universal broadband adoption is a good abstract goal, in practice smartphones have been much more effective in narrowing access gaps along income-lines and along racial and ethnic lines. Read more »

A Vision for Inclusion: An LGBT Broadband Future

June 26, 2014
| Presentations

ITIF's Doug Brake spoke at an event hosted by the LGBT Technology Partnership about the importance of broadband to the LGBT community. Doug discussed the importance of spectrum as a key input to mobile broadband and the need for a balanced expansion of both licensed and unlicensed spectrum to expand the reach of important wireless services.

Digital Readiness: Rethinking the Digital Divide

June 17, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
610A
Washington
D.C.
20005

ITIF gathers a panel of experts to discuss John Horrigan's recent work on digital readiness and broadband adoption. Horrigan's report, presents data from a national survey on broadband adoption and access, with an eye towards users' general readiness to use broadband and other new technologies.  Read more »

ITIF Submits Comments on House Energy and Commerce Whitepaper on Competition Policy in Communications

June 13, 2014
| Testimony and Filings

ITIF submitted comments with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in response to its whitepaper on competition policy under a Communications Act Update. ITIF urged the Committee maintain a light-touch regulatory framework that respects the economies of scale that come with networked industries. The comments included an elaboration on different ways to view competition in a broadband policy and urged the Committee to consider shifting the FCC's role to one more of enforcement. 

Nearly One-Third of American Adults Lack Digital Readiness

82 percent of U.S. households, compared to only 54 percent of European households, have access to a broadband connection in excess of 25 Mbps.

Christopher Yoo digs into new broadband mapping data, showing that contrary to common reporting, the U.S. comfortably leads Europe in deploying next generation broadband networks. Read more »

Should the Internet Be Regulated Like a Utility?

June 4, 2014
| Presentations

Doug reiterated ITIF's position that data conclusively shows that the US is not falling behind in broadband deployment. Doug commended Christopher Yoo's rigorous new paper exploring new mapping data that comes to the same conclusion. The panel explored the importance of moving past a simple debate about where we stand in the rankings, and how we continue to improve our standing. 

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