This group of people known as the ‘Internet For Everyone’, is trying to address America dropping to 15th in the world when it comes to broadband access. With the Internet being an American invention, one would think that we would be the leaders of the world when it comes to access. On their website is a map of the US and some states have under 40% of their homes with a broadband connection, which is extremely sad.
On the site it states:
America is the birthplace of the Internet, and home to many of its greatest ideas and innovators. But in the short time since Internet access became publicly available, we have failed to deliver its tremendous benefits to everyone. As a result, millions of Americans still stand on the wrong side of the “digital divide.” And the damages – economic, social and political – are beginning to show.
Since 2001, the United States has fallen from fourth in the world in broadband penetration down to 15th in the world today. While American consumers face high prices and few choices, many of our European and Asian counterparts have achieved the goals of universal deployment and competitive markets. Returning to the top of international rankings would translate into millions of new jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in increased economic activity for the United States.
High-speed Internet access is revolutionizing the ways we do business, participate in government, and connect with the world. Yet in America only 35 percent of homes with less than $50,000 in annual income have a high-speed Internet connection. Moreover, nearly 20 million Americans live in areas that are not served by a single broadband provider; tens of millions more live in places where there is just a single choice for high-speed Internet service.
High-speed Internet access can connect people and communities that might not otherwise interact. Unfortunately, broadband’s promise is not being realized equally across all racial and ethnic groups in our country. Only 40 percent of racial and ethnic minority households have access to broadband, while 55 percent of non-Hispanic white households are connected.
We have the potential to deliver abundant broadband capacity at prices we all can afford. Yet Americans consumers pay far too much for far too little compared to citizens in other countries. We have the eighth-highest monthly rates for broadband service among leading developed nations In real terms, this means Internet users in Japan pay about half the price for an Internet connection that’s 20 times faster than what’s commonly available to people in the United States.
The list of companies, organizations and people supporting broadband for all is impressive. I would highly recommend you join and support this organization. We need to get broadband to all Americans.