New Broadband Bill Could Close Digital Divide

On May 27, 2021 U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) along with Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) re-introduced the bipartisan Rural Connectivity Advancement Program Act of 2021 (RCAP), a bill that, if passed, aims to “strengthen connectivity in rural communities throughout the country.” If enacted by Congress, the RCAP […]

Federal Broadband Investment Should Be on Access

Last month, the Republicans unveiled their own $928 billion infrastructure counteroffer to the Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan (AJP). The Republican proposal allocates $65 billion in federal spending for broadband investment to reach currently unserved areas, a figure significantly less than the $100 billion outlined under Biden’s proposal but still a large sum that would […]

Increasing Internet Regulations Will Hurt Consumers

The President Biden’s impending appointment of a new Democratic chair to the FCC will will undoubtedly rekindle an effort to reimpose public utility-style regulations on internet services. The return of these internet regulations, referred to as net neutrality, would be incredibly harmful to consumers and the broader economy. The passage of the Open Internet Order […]

A “Future Proof” Approach to Broadband Infrastructure: An Analysis – A Podcast with Doug Brake

While there has been progress to close the digital divide, it is clear that more needs to be done. To address this, some members of Congress and the current administration are advocating for building “future proof” broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas so that we reach 100 percent high-speed broadband coverage, which could suggest […]

The Economic Standard: Congress — Ensure Mid-Band is Part of 5G Future

While the Biden administration announced its plan to deliver high-speed internet access to every American in March, auctions for mid-band spectrum broke spending records, showing that mid-band needs to play a critical role in that effort. Spectrum refers to the invisible radio frequencies that wireless signals travel over. As the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association (CTIA) states, these frequencies allow consumers to “make […]

ACI Sends a Letter to GOP on Broadband Availability and Affordability

Senate Republican Leader McConnell and House Republican Leader McCarthy: With millions of Americans needing the broadband door unlocked to access better education, improved healthcare, and higher-skilled jobs, we commend your efforts to continue to close the digital divide. We represent the American Consumer Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization. While we chair the FCC’s […]

Morning Consult: Internet and the Cost of a Cup of Coffee

The infrastructure proposal unveiled by the Biden Administration in March contains provisions for hefty broadband expenditures supported by claims that internet services in America are just not affordable. However, the claim that broadband prices are unaffordable is simply unfounded. Unfortunately, the presumption that broadband prices are too costly has led some lawmakers to introduce proposals […]

Fiber Alone is Not the Right Solution for Broadband Coverage in Rural America

The newly announced American Jobs Plan (AJP), unveiled by the Biden Administration last March, contains provisions that would inflict unnecessary harm on taxpayers and reduce the number of internet technologies developed. The AJP details a commitment to invest $100 billion of government funding into building “future proof” or fiber-only broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved […]

Real Clear Policy: Bill Would Target Women Selling Goods on Sites Like Etsy

When a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act at the end of March 2021, it was well received as an effort to address the growing problem of illicit goods sold online. In its current form, however, provisions in the INFORM Consumers […]

ACI Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership On Broadband Infrastructure Spending

Dear Senate Majority Leader Schumer, House Speaker Pelosi, Senate Republican Leader McConnell, and House Republican Leader McCarthy: While there has been progress to close the digital divide, it is clear that more needs to be done. ACI urges Congress to continue its efforts to promote broadband availability and adoption. Yet, we also urge Congress to […]