Tuesday, March 27, 2012

USA - Better coordination needed among public and private stakeholders to raise broadband adoption

Marking the second anniversary of the US National Broadband Plan, TechNet has produced a report. It cautioned that:
Specifically, 65% of Americans had broadband at home in 2009 according to a Federal Communications Commission survey. In the fall of 2011, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration report pegged home broadband adoption at 68%, demonstrating that this rate has not changed very much since the plan went into effect.
John Horrigan, Vice President of Policy Research:
Neglect of coordination and assessment is a problem for two reasons. First, it means stakeholders are flying blind when it comes to understanding best practices to improve broadband adoption. Second, to the extent that poor policy coordination hampers efforts to increase broadband adoption, we run the risk of having a less inclusive society, a smaller domestic market for technology goods and services and a less innovative economy.
The full text of the report is available.

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