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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Increasing Internet Regulations Will Hurt Consumers

The President Biden’s impending appointment of a new Democratic chair to the FCC will will undoubtedly rekindle an effort to reimpose public utility-style regulations on internet services. The return of these internet regulations, referred to as net neutrality, would be incredibly harmful to consumers and the broader economy. The passage of the Open Internet Order […]

The End of the Internet? Net Neutrality Three Years On …

Three years on from the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), it is apparent that the apocalyptic claims have not materialized. RIFO has resulted in a considerable tangible benefit for consumers. Not only has broadband access increased for consumers, particularly for low income and rural consumers, so too has internet speed and capital investments in […]

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 […]

The Hill: Economic Benefits of 5G in a Post-COVID World

Now at a time when it has never been more important for America to be connected, we must take advantage of this opportunity to recognize the importance of 5G to consumers and the economy, and work to make it a reality. Actions by the FCC such as the upcoming C-band auction as well as the […]