How should states put federal broadband funds to use? A conversation with Sen. Deb Fischer

On April 4, AEI’s Ajit Pai hosted an event on how states can use $65 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for broadband build-out. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) emphasized that the IIJA’s priority is to connect unserved communities to the internet and recommended that individual states establish broadband offices. Watch the recorded [...]

Net neutrality is about control, not consumers

Net neutrality is an idea whose time has passed. Well actually, that’s not quite correct: Its time never came, because the potpourri of policy ideas referred to as “net neutrality” (e.g., all bits should be treated the same — no fast lanes — and companies may not pay for customers’ data use — no zero [...]

Mark Jamison on antitrust laws and Big Tech

Mark Jamison is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on how technology affects the economy, and on telecommunications and Federal Communications Commission issues. Banter is AEI’s weekly podcast series, where hosts Robert Doar and Phoebe Keller interview leading thinkers and political commentators on a wide range of policy topics. [...]

Floridians can’t afford to waste the broadband dollars Congress will send our way

Floridians need to get ready for the millions of broadband dollars that Congress is about to send. The latest draft of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill has $65 billion targeted for broadband development. It is unknown how much of this will come to Florida. But if we aren’t ready to manage the money wisely, we’ll [...]

The White House’s $65 billion broadband subsidies lack accountability. Here’s how to add it.

The White House has announced what it calls a historic bipartisan infrastructure deal that would cost about $1.2 trillion. About 27 percent of the money goes to what is generally thought of as infrastructure: roads, bridges, railroads, the electric grid, and water and wastewater systems. $65 billion, or about 6 percent of the total, is [...]