The International Telecommunications Union’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released the 2013 edition of its State of Broadband report. The report found mobile broadband connections are “growing at a rate of 30% per year” and forecasts that, by the end of 2013, “there will be nearly three times as many mobile broadband connections as there are conventional fixed broadband subscriptions.” The New York Times notes that this trend is connecting millions in the developing world to broadband. For example, Oman and Kazakhstan rank ahead of the much wealthier Switzerland and Germany in mobile broadband penetration. Eight of the top 10 countries for Internet use are located in Europe, joining New Zealand (8th) and Qatar (10th). The United States ranks 24th.
The percentage of adults accessing the Internet on a smartphone is increasing at a rapid pace, according to new research from the Leichtman Research Group. The data from a telephone survey of 1,304 households concludes that 83% “get an Internet service at home, and 55% of adults access the Internet on a Smartphone,” up from 44% last year.
Pew reports that “15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the Internet at all, and another 9% use the Internet but not at home.” More than a third (34%) of the adults who do not use the Internet at all reported that the Internet is not relevant to them. Thirty-two percent reported that the Internet is not easy enough to use. Nineteen percent reported that the cost of purchasing a computer or maintaining internet service was too high.
In a filing written on behalf of Verizon, Duke University economics professor and former FCC Chief Economist Leslie Marx outlined potential unintended consequences of imposing bidding restrictions against AT&T and Verizon in the upcoming Incentive Auction. Dr. Marx concludes that imposing the restrictions would harm the FCC’s stated twin priorities of raising revenue and reallocating spectrum.
The Writers Guild of America East reports that “nearly 90% of writers – more than half of whom wrote feature films – say they’ll be looking for TV work.”