Publications: Doug Brake
November 8, 2021
Mapping the International 5G Standards Landscape and How It Impacts U.S. Strategy and Policy
Standards-setting bodies for 5G technology appear to be working well, but U.S. policymakers are justifiably wary of China’s ambitions to manipulate the system. They should stay on guard and provide financial support for U.S. companies to participate.
November 1, 2021
Open Radio Access Networks: A Primer for Policymakers
Open Radio Access Networks (Open RANs) would define open standards and interfaces between components of wireless RANs, providing a unique opportunity to diversify the supply chain by separating today’s integrated, single-provider RAN systems into modular parts.
September 16, 2021
Lawmakers Should Strip Ill-Advised Tax Preference for Government-Owned Broadband From Reconciliation Package
The current draft of the House budget reconciliation package includes a tax credit designed to support municipal broadband. While this credit is somewhat narrower than some reports have suggested, it is still ill-advised.
June 24, 2021
Broadband Myths: Does Municipal Broadband Scale Well to Fit U.S. Broadband Needs?
No, local governments generally are not well-suited to providing broadband service. Economic theory suggests city-run broadband would not serve the country well, and previous real-world attempts bear that out with a mixed track record marked by several failures.
May 12, 2021
Broadband Myth Series: Do We Need Symmetrical Upload and Download Speeds?
Assertions that symmetrical broadband is a national imperative are not well grounded in application demand or actual use of networks. Requiring symmetry in an infrastructure support program would drive up costs, reduce flexibility, and likely result in subsidies for redundant infrastructure in already served areas.
May 12, 2021
Refining the Biden Broadband Proposal
Momentum for an infrastructure package presents a tremendous opportunity to close the digital divide. Policymakers should avoid a political stalemate by eschewing utility-style broadband overbuilding and instead focus on pragmatic expansion of cost-effective, competitive networks.
April 29, 2021
Comments to FCC Regarding 5G Open Radio Access Networks
ITIF filed comments supporting efforts to accelerate open wireless equipment, but cautioned against too prescriptive an approach or assuming how open radio architectures will evolve.
April 29, 2021
Biden’s Broadband Boondoggle
In President Biden’s joint address to Congress, he highlighted his promise to improve America’s broadband. Under the American Jobs Plan, all Americans will have access to high-speed internet, including the 35% of rural American’s that still don’t have it.
March 22, 2021
How to Bridge the Rural Broadband Gap Once and For All
Nearly one in five rural Americans still lack access to broadband Internet service. Federal subsidies could bridge that gap if they are carefully targeted through a reverse-auction program that leverages economies of scale by encouraging large providers to participate.
February 16, 2021
Comments to FCC Regarding an Emergency Expansion of E-Rate Funding
ITIF filed comments supporting an expansion of the E-Rate program to help address the homework gap during the pandemic.