Inside Sources: Jobs Plan Depends on Too Many Faulty Assumptions

While the AJP has noble aspirations, the bill is being justified completely on faulty assumptions. If enacted, this legislation would render fewer consumer benefits than claimed, while crowding out private investment and leaving taxpayers on the hook to pay for it. Coming up with the right solution to address inadequate broadband access requires a basis […]

No, U.S. Does Not Have Least Affordable Broadband

The American Jobs Plan (AJP), unveiled by the Biden administration in March, is the most recent federal proposal written under the misleading notion that American consumers have the least affordable broadband among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member nations. The plan includes provisions to address the issue of inadequate internet access and calls […]

Podcast: The Empirical Evidence Behind Municipal Broadband – with Sarah Oh

The role of local government-owned and operated broadband networks in the United States has been the subject of considerable debate for a while now. More recently, the Biden administration has unveiled “The American Jobs Plan,” which proposes $100 billion in spending on broadband to reach 100 percent coverage. The plan, among other things, “prioritizes support […]

Infrastructure Plan Is Bad for Broadband

While on a visit to the rust belt city of Pittsburgh, President Joe Biden released his American Jobs Plan, claiming it would “create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China.” Aside from fixing highways, rebuilding bridges, and upgrading transit systems, Biden’s plan also calls for “affordable, reliable, […]

Mid-band Infrastructure Deployment Key to 5G Future

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering an auction to free up additional mid-band airwaves this October that would deliver 5G service to more Americans. This consideration comes a year after the FCC approved a 100-megahertz swath in the 3.45-3.55 GHz portion of spectrum to be used for commercial applications of 5G. The auction of […]

Chairman Pai’s Rural Legacy

On November 30, 2020, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced his intention to step down from his position on January 20, 2020. Chairman Pai’s decision to resign his post will allow President-Elect Biden to pick his own Chairman. While Pai’s tenure was widely seen by those on the left as one of the most […]

Rethinking Old Broadband Subsidies

In the last decade, a multitude of ambitious programs to “bridge the digital divide” have been discussed and debated. Many of them have been implemented. Few of them have moved the needle, even as the coronavirus pandemic highlights the need to expand connectivity to unserved areas. In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expanded its […]

Economic Standard: Competitive Spectrum Policies Keep America Online

Video conferences, online classrooms, and telehealth have all become mainstream in 2020. This huge change has been made feasible by federal policies that focus on getting the most value out of America’s telecommunications resources. To replicate this success and avoid future waste, access to American spectrum needs to be competitive. The global coronavirus pandemic has […]

Townhall: House Infrastructure Bill Needs to Prioritize Consumers and Businesses

This past week, Democratic representatives on the Hill unveiled the text of a colossal $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill. Dubbed the Moving Forward Act, the plan offers a mile-long shopping list for federal spending—from clean energy to the postal service. But the flurry of ambitious projects draws attention away from the fact that businesses, workers, and consumers across the […]

Video: The Urgency of Spectrum in Reopening America

Closing the digital divide is key to improving the country’s resiliency in times of crisis. Yet, accelerating spectrum allocation and deployment is crucial to closing the digital gap and preventing the further deepening of the divide. As the crisis continues to unfold and the demand for increased Internet access and 5G deployment keeps surging, it […]