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For a menu of actionable ideas for policymakers related to telecommunications, see ITIF’s “Tech Policy To-Do List.”

June 14, 2022

How States Can Make the Most of Broadband Funding

Join ITIF for an event to explore how state-broadband funding is progressing, and how stakeholders are working to take advantage of the opportunities and address the challenges that come with it.

May 23, 2022

Ten (Suggested) Commandments for Closing the Digital Divide

States are set to receive billions of dollars in federal funding—enough to close the digital divide once and for all. Following these 10 commandments will ensure they make the most of the money and citizens get the connectivity they need.

April 13, 2022

Broadband Myths: Do ISPs Engage in “Digital Redlining?”

Geographic differences in broadband deployment exist, but ITIF’s analysis of Census data and facts on the ground show they are best explained by income variations and barriers to adoption, not by racial discrimination.

March 3, 2022

Responding to the Broadband Populists

Rob Atkinson joined TechFreedom’s Corbin Barthold and James Dunstan on their Tech Policy Podcast to discuss the holes in broadband activists’ arguments, the problems with municipal broadband, and the (pretty darn good) state of the U.S. broadband industry.

February 17, 2022

Comments to the FCC on the Future of the Universal Service Fund

The FCC should not be content with Universal Service Fund programs that extract perennial multi-billion-dollar sums from consumers and pour them into the pockets of ISPs. Rather, the Commission should examine how to scale back its programs and shift to more limited and consumer-targeted assistance.

February 4, 2022

Comments to NTIA Regarding Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

ITIF filed comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the matter of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Implementation (Docket No. 220105-0002), regarding the $48 billion to be administered by NTIA through the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program; the Middle Mile Program; and the Digital Equity Planning Program.

January 18, 2022

Anticorporate Broadband Populists’ Real Agenda: Destroy the Current Private-Sector System

Broadband populists have engaged in an aggressive campaign to disparage the performance of the U.S. broadband system, which is driven by intermodal competition between large ISPs, in order to build a case for government-owned and operated networks.

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.

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