Today, NTIA released a new report, “Digital Nation II” that analyzes home broadband Internet access and adoption across the United States.
The following statement should be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, chairman of the Mobile Future Coalition:
“We applaud the NTIA for taking a closer look at the various factors that drive and inhibit broadband adoption. The report offers important measurements and analysis, and unequivocally concludes there is no simple ‘one size fits all’ solution to closing the digital divide. One sector making enormous strides toward effectively bridging the digital divide, however, is wireless. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, African Americans and English-speaking Hispanics lead in both cell phone ownership and wireless Internet usage in the United States. In other words, when it comes to accessing the Internet from a mobile device, those often on the wrong side of the digital divide are actually leading the way. Clearly, much work remains to be done before we can declare victory in closing the digital divide but by continuing a light touch regulatory approach that promotes innovation, investment and competition, the road ahead is looking a lot more connected.”
Jonathan Spalter, chairman of the Mobile Future Coalition (www.mobilefuture.org), is a resident of Berkeley and served as chief information officer at the United States Information Agency during the Clinton administration.
Additional information about Mobile Future can be found at www.mobilefuture.org
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