Broadband in America: A Policy of Neglect is Not Benign

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). Ultimately, public policy will also have to ensure that an ultra high speed wireline network is built in America.

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