What grade should US broadband infrastructure receive?

July 19, 2017
San Diego, CA

What grade should US broadband infrastructure receive? None, or at least none from outsiders. This was the advice of PURC director Mark Jamison. Speaking on a panel at the July 2017 meetings of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Dr. Jamison explained that customers and broadband providers are the only groups that can give valid grades for the infrastructure, and they do so on a daily basis. US customers seem pretty enthusiastic: Data traffic over mobile networks has increased over 300% over the past three years and employment in the app sector has increased at a compound annual growth rate of 30% over the past five years. Network providers seem enthusiastic, too: According to the Progressive Policy Institute, telecom and cable TV companies account for about 32% of all investment made by the top 25 US companies.


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