On December 7, AEI’s Mark Jamison hosted an event to discuss ensuring transparency and accountability in federal broadband initiatives, especially considering the influx of new spending Congress recently allocated for closing the digital divide. Each panelist offered a call to action. Watch the full video of the event below or at AEI.
How much broadband will Americans get for the $75 billion that Congress committed in 2021? That’s enough money to equip an additional 17 million households with broadband, taking the US to 99 percent broadband coverage, according to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff paper and data from the Census Bureau. Whether taxpayers get that much [...]
Mergers often scare people, especially antitrust experts. Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods in 2017 scared Queens College of the City University of New York Professor Douglas Rushkoff, who said allowing such mergers is a threat “to our markets, our economy, and even our planet.” Former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Robert Pitofsky was worried that [...]
Imagine committing billions of dollars to build a broadband network based in part on government promises of financial support. The possibilities excite your potential customers—rural Americans that lack broadband. But then, without warning, the government fails to follow its own rules and puts the promised support at risk. What would you do? According to economists [...]