Real Clear Policy: Government Broadband is a Bad Deal for America

The history of municipal broadband networks shows they are simply not viable alternatives to private providers, with many collapsing after just a few years of operation. These networks lose money and drive away private sector investment in broadband services. If Congress and states truly want to close the digital divide, they need to pursue policies […]

Study Finds America’s Approach to Broadband Regulation Outperforms EU

Critics of America’s free market approach to telecommunications have long advocated for more robust government involvement in service operations and building out network infrastructure. They argue that there is currently a lack of adequate investment needed to close the digital divide and provide consumers with low-cost, high-quality options. Therefore, their reasoning goes, government intervention is […]

Broadband Infrastructure Money at Risk of Creating More GON’s

As part of the massive new infrastructure bill proposed in November, Congress has promised to allocate $65 billion to broadband expansion and improvement. The vast majority of this amount, $42.45 billion, is set to go towards a new program called Broadband Equity, Access and Development (BEAD), which lawmakers say will channel money to underserved areas […]

Broadband Prices Continue to Fall

As Coronavirus spread across the United States and states began closing schools and businesses had their employees work remotely, the importance of broadband became clear. Faced with a dependence on broadband, there have been calls for increased government regulation of providers. The calls for further regulation of broadband providers range from a “nutrition label” that […]

Coalition Letter Urges Congressional Oversight on NTIA Broadband Rulemaking

The American Consumer Institute joined a dozen other policy think tanks calling on Congress to direct the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to develop the most practical, economically sound rules for broadband deployment subject to the broadband funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The letter states that “technology neutrality” should be the […]

ACI Files Comments with the FCC on the New Affordable Connectivity Program

Yesterday, American Consumer Institute submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission in a proceeding regarding proposed rules, procedures, and practices for the newly established Affordable Connectivity Program. In the filing, we recommend a smooth and efficient transition to the Affordable Connectivity Program, as the means to continue the Commission’s efforts to address the digital divide. […]

The Economic Standard: Close the Digital Divide with Private Investment and Competition

With this week’s presidential signing of the recently passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, the U.S. is poised to take a step to revitalizing our nation’s infrastructure with better and more resilient roads, bridges, ports, airports, high-speed broadband, and more. While the bill has been promoted as a necessary investment to repair the nation’s infrastructure, […]

Closing the Rural Broadband Gap: A Dive Into the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan – with Ajit Pai

The Senate recently passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a bipartisan $1 trillion investment in the country’s physical infrastructure, which allocates $65 billion in broadband spending and is awaiting action by the House. In this episode, Kris Pusok sits down with former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, to discuss what this […]

ACI Study Finds Government-Owned Broadband Networks Will Not Bridge the Digital Divide

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a new study examining the dangers of government-owned broadband networks at a time when some states and municipalities are flush with stimulus dollars. Despite significant advancements in internet subscribership and record levels of private investment that have led to lower prices and increased speeds for consumers, some persist […]