Connecting America: Getting Taxpayers Their Money’s Worth in Broadband Expansion

On March 28, AEI’s Mark Jamison hosted a panel discussion on strategies for transparency, efficiency, and accountability in state broadband programs. The panel featured representatives from high-performing state broadband offices: Broadband Expansion and Accessibility of Mississippi’s Sally Doty, Idaho Commerce’s Ramón S. Hobdey-Sánchez, and ConnectLA’s Veneeth Iyengar. It also featured the University of North Texas’s [...]

Net Neutrality: Revisiting the Repeal

Telecommunications experts are sparring over net neutrality again following Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Jessica Rosenworcel’s proposal to reinstate the policy. Net neutrality mandates that internet providers treat all bits the same, and its repeal in 2017 alarmed advocates who warned the internet would no longer be fair, open, or safe. However, the internet thrived [...]

Will Broadband Be Affordable? Assessing Regulations for Broadband Subsidies

After years of market-based pricing for broadband, state and federal officials are considering price controls to ensure affordability. One might think that broadband is already affordable given that the industry grew faster than the US economy for 15 of the past 16 years. But officials implementing Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provides billions [...]

How Are States Managing the Broadband Billions?

States are at the forefront for spending unprecedented billions of taxpayer dollars on broadband development. In 2020 and 2021 Congress allocated over $70 billion to improve broadband availability. Among political pressures to indulge favored constituents and impose market regulations, a lack of experience among many officials, and misinformation regarding lessons from the past, much can [...]

Revising the Horizontal Merger Guidelines: The Path Forward

Revisions to the Horizontal Merger Guidelines recently proposed by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have generated a spirited debate in the law and economics community about the criteria by which the antitrust agencies should decide whether to attempt to block proposed mergers. If adopted, the revisions would represent a sea change [...]