Inside Sources: Is the Administration Trying to Fix Something That is Not Broken?

Despite the administration’s assertions, it should be readily apparent that Americans do not face significant financial barriers to accessing broadband. On the contrary, not only is broadband in the U.S. more affordable than elsewhere, but it is also becoming more affordable each year with price declines that are enabling more and more Americans to connect […]

Broadband Agreement Must Include What Consumers Demand

The Biden Administration and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators recently reached an agreement on an infrastructure an plan worth $579 billion in new spending. Among other spending programs, the proposal contains a provision for $65 billion in federal spending to deploy fiber optic cables to “future proof” America’s digital infrastructure. This spending would largely […]

The Economic Standard: Public Spending Will Not Lower Broadband Prices

President Biden has focused his efforts on making broadband internet access more affordable to Americans. It is a part of the American Jobs Plan he announced late March, a wide-ranging stimulus plan that forms a key component of the Administration’s post-Covid recovery efforts. The plan, however, incorrectly asserts that Americans pay higher prices for internet access than […]

The BRIDGE Act to Nowhere

According to the most recent report from the Federal Communications Commission, 19 million Americans, or 6% of the total U.S. population, still lack access to broadband service. Without an internet connection, consumers in these unserved areas are unable to access important news stories, utilize services like telehealth, and shop for goods and services online, among […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]