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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 27 November 2009 18:11

From InformationWeek

A 10% increase in broadband availability means a 1.2 to 1.5 point increase in GDP, Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski says.
Making broadband available for all Americans isn't enough, according to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who this week placed renewed emphasis on the importance of making broadband easily adoptable and affordable, particularly for population groups that have largely been left out.



Speaking at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., Genachowski outlined some of the obstacles to adoption and vowed to seek to overcome them.


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Web 2.0 Chair John Battelle tries to pin down Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter, on the company's potential revenue models.
"There are a number of obstacles to adoption," he said. "Often people don't see the value of the Internet in their homes, or don't have the skills necessary to take advantage of connectivity. Others cite price -- they aren't able to afford the service or the hardware."

He also cited grim figures on low broadband adoption rates of 55 to 70% in rural, low income, minorities, and elderly communities. [More...] [Comments...]

 

 

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