Pre-PURC Series: Strategies for Closing the Broadband Gap

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Broadband is more essential than ever before, and many are conflicted over how to expand access and use. What should be done? Some people look to public ownership or government subsidies. These are common reactions in a crisis. Others want to tax Big Tech. What’s right for your situation? More than [...]

If Biden is serious about broadband, he should oppose net neutrality

Remember the debate over whether net neutrality regulations would stimulate or suppress broadband development? Opponents of the regulations asserted that suppressing business opportunities for internet service providers (ISPs) would lead them to cut back on broadband investment. The regulation proponents struggled to make clear arguments that imposing net neutrality would stimulate investment, but the argument [...]

3 broadband mistakes that Biden should avoid

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama promised universal broadband but didn’t deliver. Why not? Money was wasted on programs that delivered little if any broadband, government provision of broadband (which he promoted) was largely unsuccessful, and customers did not want broadband in the ways Obama assumed. If Biden is to make good on his promise, [...]

Is broadband now a public utility? A conversation with Scott Wallsten on June 11, 2020

All I can say is, "Wow! I never expected that!" I thought the days of telecommunications being considered a public utility were far behind us. Then came the pandemic! Suddenly broadband seems as important as electricity. And some people believe that hands-on, utility style regulation will do a better job than competition for delivering needed [...]

Next Practices Live: Keeping Customers Connected on June 4, 2020

Ensuring broadband access during and after the pandemic: A conversation with Nneka Chiazor and Frans Vandendries Broadband has proven to be quite important for households and businesses during lockdowns. But making broadband financially viable for operators has proven to be difficult when customers cannot afford broadband. How are countries resolving this challenge? I interviewed Nneka [...]