Tag Archive | public policy

How American Telcos Killed the Landline with Pricing Strategies

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The telco landline is an unwanted expense in America — by design, due to price increases. According to a recent study, more than four in 10 U.S. adults lived in households with a mobile phone but no landline phone last year — that’s up 70% over 2010, when mobile phone-only penetration was just 26%.

via eMarketer

Why Every Government Needs a Digital Nation Agenda in 2015

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Forward-thinking governments need to act as digital brokers, investing in digital compatibility for their people and businesses — providing incentives and supporting them as they strive to compete in the global networked economy.

via World Economic Forum

Why More than 2 Billion People Can’t Afford Internet Access

At least two billion people living in poverty in 51 countries across the developing world cannot access the Internet. This is revealed in the Alliance for Affordable Internet’s (A4AI) annual report. Across the countries surveyed, a fixed broadband connection would cost the average citizen 40% of their monthly income.

via A4AI

Smart Grid Initiatives to Reach $10.7 Billion in Savings by 2019

The Juniper Smart City Rankings have been compiled following an analysis of the Smart capabilities offered in each city, with particular focus on their use of smart grids, smart traffic management and smart street lighting.

via Digital Lifescapes

How a Digital Skills Shortage will Impact the UK Economy

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The UK is at a tipping point: The country is not addressing its significant digital talent shortage. The Digital Skills Committee highlights the impact of changing technology on the labour market, with an estimated 35% of UK jobs at risk of being automated over the next 20 years.

via UK Parliament

New Internet of Things Report Recommends Security Measures

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In a detailed report on the Internet of Things (IoT), the staff of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission recommend a series of steps that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumer privacy and security, as Americans start to reap the benefits from a growing world of Internet-connected devices.

via Federal Trade Commission

Why the U.S. Must Compete in the Global Networked Economy

Leichtman Research Group (LRG) latest market study has found that 79 percent of U.S. households get a broadband Internet service at home — that’s an increase from just 20 percent in 2004. Given these findings, why is President Obama now seeking to increase internet service provider (ISP) competition in America?

via Digital Lifescapes

Why Global Internet Users are Concerned about Public Policy

The importance of the Internet – both today and in the future – for users can’t be underestimated — 83% of survey respondents believe that affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right. Buttressing this view is the importance that users place for their future in using the Internet for various undertakings.

via Ipsos

New Economic Developments via Municipal Broadband in the U.S.

Across the country, innovative municipalities are already recognizing the importance of leveraging gigabit level Internet to attract new businesses and create jobs, improve health care and education, and connect residents to new opportunities.

via Next Century Cities

Why European Digital Start-Ups need a Bigger Single Market

Innovation isn’t easy. It takes courage to experiment and advance a new idea. Europe has always excelled at this. Radio, television, and mobile communications advances all originated in Europe. But past success won’t ensure Europe’s long tradition of innovation continues. New technologies require more risk-taking and the ability to launch new products with speed and scale.

via World Economic Forum