With a change in administration, this is a key moment in policymaking with respect to broadband in America. The market fundamentalists, whose liassez faire policy of the last eight years has led to the precipitous fall of the U.S. in broadband leadership, are desperate to expalin away the clear decline. The harder they try, however, the deeper the hole they dig. This paper lays the groundwork for a two step process. It underscores the importance of getting people basic broadband connectivity as the first step (described in an earlier post and analysis).
Proposal to serve those without braodband available by using stimulus funding to deploy middle mile fiber and provision the first mile with cutting edge wireless broadband. Thess "no regrets" policies get the biggest bang for the buck and meet the fundamntal goal of the Communications Act to deliver to 'all people of the United States, adquate facilities at reasonable charges.' Middle mile fiber is necessary to deliver broadband no matter what tehcnology is used for the first mile. Cutting edge wireless is a "two-fer" in unserved areas.
A revised version of the analysis of consumer and artist benefits from digital production and distribution of music.
Record oil comany profits redistribute wealth from consumers to stockholdres
An analysis of the benfits to Florida of adopting the California Clean Cars Emission Standards.