Can billions of dollars in federal subsidies solve broadband access and availability in the United States? | American Institute of Enterprise

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The Biden administration’s $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program outlines an iterative process for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to provide states with broadband infrastructure grants. bandaged. However, by promoting government-owned networks, restricting price and network management, and requiring beneficiaries to align with government labor policies, the plan can surreptitiously introduce costly regulations on service providers. broadband internet services.

US ISPs have consistently outperformed their more heavily regulated global counterparts. Why would the administration risk adopting broadband policies that will slow down the bridging of the digital divide? What past lessons should states consider when trying to implement NTIA plans?

Join AEI’s Shane Tews and Mark Jamison as they explore the BEAD program with Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission. A round table of experts will follow.

If you cannot attend, we invite you to watch the event live on this page. Once the event is over, a full video will be posted within 24 hours.

Agenda

10:00 a.m.
Opening remarks:
Shane Tewsnon-resident principal investigator, AEI

10:05 a.m.
Cat by the fire:
Brendan CarrCommissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Marc Jamissonnon-resident principal investigator, AEI

Moderator:
Shane Tewsnon-resident principal investigator, AEI

10:20 a.m.
Questions and answers

10:30 a.m.
Round table

Speakers:
Michelle P. ConnollyProfessor of Practical Economics, Duke University
Marc Jamissonnon-resident principal investigator, AEI
Cheryl MusgraveCommissioner, Vanderburgh County, Indiana
Sarah Oh LamSenior Researcher, Technology Policy Institute

Moderator:
Shane Tewsnon-resident principal investigator, AEI

11:15 a.m.
Questions and answers

11:30 a.m.
Adjournment

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