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, […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Infrastructure Policy Should Include Transition to Mileage-Based Fees

Washington policymakers continue their internal debate on how to best improve our nation’s infrastructure, be it through bipartisan legislation or budget reconciliation. With significant interest to generate revenue and a clear need to improve our road and highway systems, Congress must make real progress in transitioning away from the regressive gas tax and towards implementing a more equitable national vehicle-miles-traveled […]

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 […]

Coalition Calls for Reforming the Highway Trust Fund

  While the Highway Trust Fund is used to support highway infrastructure across the country, more than twenty-eight percent of these funds are currently diverted away from roads and bridges. This coalition letter from thirty-six groups calls on reforms to fix an outdated and misused funding mechanism, rather than simply increasing consumer taxes at the […]

High Value and Low-Cost Infrastructure Improvements

“Infrastructure” is a constant refrain mentioned by elected officials in Washington DC.  Traditionally, they refer to fixing roads, ports, rails, flood control, potable water systems, and airports.  The topic of infrastructure is less contentious than that of broadening health care coverage.  Old-style infrastructure projects normally call for construction labor and pre-cast cement, steel shapes and […]

Daily Caller: Stop State Kleptocrats From BRAZENLY FILCHING Infrastructure Funding

State governments have developed a despicable habit of ignoring what the voters and their representatives identify as the official purpose behind many grants and fee collections. In too many cases, state governments display the arrogance of skilled thieves, diverting funds from the intended destination. Instead the funds are used to plug self-inflicted budgetary holes. Published […]

An Unusual Level of Coordination on Fifth Generation Wireless

Commercial versions of fifth generation (5G) wireless service are expected within three years.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), wireless service providers, wireless equipment manufacturers and even the US Congress are collaborating to make it a success for consumers and the economy. It is important for the US to be an early developer and leader in […]

Sensible Regulations Key to 5G and Economic Growth

A new report was released this week by the American Consumer Institute (ACI), entitled “The Economic and Consumer Benefits from 5G.” The report zeroed in on the promise of next-generation networks and the challenges surrounding the deployment of new technologies. What is clear from this analysis is the massive economic and consumer benefits that will result […]

The Scope and Funding for Infrastructure Plans

We welcome the public convenience, safety benefits and economic advantages that flow from revitalizing our infrastructure. Moody’s estimates that $1.44 is returned for each infrastructure dollar invested. The case for upgrading infrastructure sounds straightforward, but the depth and scope of upgrade, the competing claims on federal funds and other political agendas make infrastructure a complex […]

Coalition Letter on “Open Competition”

Twenty-one nonprofit groups submitted a letter to members of Congress asking them to be mindful of using a competitive bidding process when considering appropriations and legislation related to revitalizing the Nation’s aging infrastructure.  By one estimate, open competition rules would save the federal government hundreds of billions of dollars.  The coalition letter is available online.