Governments Should Neither Subsidize nor Operate Broadband Networks to Compete with Commercial Ones

EDT
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW Suite 610A
Washington, DC 20005

NCTA, the industry association of America's cable companies, claims that the U.S. Rural Utility Service mistakenly funded projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in areas that were already served by one or more broadband providers. RUS maintains the grants are defensible because existing broadband services in the areas were inadequate to support rural economic development. Meanwhile, the state of North Carolina is considering a bill that would restrict the ability of municipalities to use public funding to build broadband networks in markets that are already served by commercial providers; supporters of municipal networks maintain that existing broadband services are often inadequate in rural areas. ITIF hosts an Oxford-style debate on these controversies and, of course, elucidation on terms such as “served” and “unserved.”

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Speakers: 
Robert D. Atkinson
President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Presenter
James Baller
President
Baller Herbst Law Group
Presenter
Jeff Eisenach
Managing Director and Principal
Navigant Economics
Presenter
Christopher Mitchell
Director of Telecommunications
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Presenter
Everett Ehrlich
President
ESC Company
Moderator