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 […]

Municipal Networks Are Not the Future of Broadband

There are over 900 municipal broadband networks across the U.S.  The justification for these government-owned networks is to offer lower prices than private-sector competition and to offer widespread coverage across a given municipality. However, while municipal broadband might sound like a better alternative to privately provided broadband, these networks will not enhance consumer welfare and […]

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 […]

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, […]

Inside Sources: Study Meant to Promote Municipally Owned Broadband Actually Does the Opposite

With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the persistent “digital divide” between low-income and rural Americans and the rest of the country, Congress is poised to allocate significant funding for broadband expansion. How it does so, however, will have a big effect on consumers and taxpayers. One strategy is to encourage municipalities to build and operate their […]

Real Clear Policy: Government-Owned Internet Can’t Be Counted on to Help the Underserved

On March 21st, the Maine Legislature announced the approval of $15 million in broadband Internet funding for rural and underserved areas. The intention is to expand broadband infrastructure, which will ultimately lead to economic development, and provide benefits like telemedicine to underserved communities. But the proposal is only a mere tactic that uses the current […]

Government failure as a Broadband Service Provider

The empirical evidence shows that the public provision of private goods, such as broadband services, often leads to: unprofitable operations that push the recovery of losses to taxpayers and to other public services; and barriers to entry which displace and crowd out private investment. The result is anticompetitive and it raises consumer costs. Evidence shows […]

FORBES: Government Broadband Bad for Consumers

On September 21st, President Barack Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council released its first report. The council outlined four main recommendations for promoting broadband, but the council’s report was also notable for what it left out – any specific mention of municipally-run broadband services. The omission was particularly stunning considering the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by […]

Municipal Broadband Failure

For years now, many city and local governments have gotten into the municipal broadband game—spending taxpayer dollars to create broadband networks that hope to compete with private providers. The goal of these programs was to build an Internet service that replaces the need for private investment, usually with the help municipal tax dollars. The municipal […]