The USA ranks 15th in broadband adoption, which is key to getting more access for rural areas. Germany, where I live, has dropped from rank 10 to 14. The table is from a publication by InternetforEveryone.org called One Nation Online. Also see the OECD report, The Future of the Internet Economy.
Of course, the US, Germany, Sweden etc. are still doing comparably well in terms of overall Internet access. World internet usage statistics showing general access add perspective.
Here is the Internet for Everyone official call:
Robin Chase on internet access in rural areas:
Robin Chase mentions her green web-based companies zipcar (car rental) and goloco (ride sharing).
US President-Elect Barack Obama will be recording a video address each week which will be available on YouTube. This will replace the president’s weekly radio address of the past. Here’s no. 1. and it’s about the economy. (3:34):
http://www.BigDialog.org, a cross-partisan partnership of academics, bloggers, and e-communities invites President-Elect Barack Obama to answer the people’s questions. The eCitizen Foundation (a Massachusetts non-profit) along with its partners and supporters, including Bill Mitchell of MIT and Lawrence Lessig of Stanford, are asking people to pose and prioritize text and video questions for Mr. Obama. The questioners behind the top three questions will be flown to MIT in mid-December, receive a tour of the MIT Media Lab, and engage in a networked event with the Obama transition team, subject to the terms and conditions found on the eCitizen Foundation’s website.