Last year, for the first time ever, we used mobile apps more than opening up a browser window to access Web-based services.

Flurry Analytics, a firm that helps mobile application developers make better apps, deepen consumer engagement and monetize applications, discovered that in the middle of last year our relationship with the Internet underwent yet another transformation. The firm found we spent 81 minutes a day in apps versus 74 minutes in a browser. A year ago, the tally had been an average of 64 minutes in a browser versus just 43 minutes in apps. This metric is a reminder of the rapid innovation in information and communications technology that is shaping daily life and opening new economic opportunities. As 2012 begins, we must keep in mind the importance of making sure our public policy facilitates and nurtures this kind of innovation, such as revising spectrum policy and promoting the adoption of mobile broadband services.