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As the Internet has evolved from an occasional-use resource to a pervasive, always-on broadband ecosystem, the networking technologies underpinning it have developed faster than legal and regulatory frameworks can adjust. This has led to complex policy challenges that must be overcome to ensure that networks of the future can develop to their fullest potential. ITIF advocates for policies to accelerate deployment, access, and adoption of high-speed Internet, and encourage continued network innovation.


Sustain Affordable Connectivity By Ending Obsolete Broadband Programs

Sustain Affordable Connectivity By Ending Obsolete Broadband Programs

New broadband funding programs necessitate dramatic reforms to old programs. We should reverse the status quo and sustain the Affordable Connectivity Program by shrinking the redundant hodgepodge of federal broadband programs.

The State of US Broadband in 2022: Reassessing the Whole Picture

The State of US Broadband in 2022: Reassessing the Whole Picture

In absolute terms, the United States is among the world’s leaders in deploying fast broadband, and it does so at competitive prices. But there is room for improvement on broadband adoption.

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September 18, 2023|Blogs

Trends in State BEAD Plans: Common Challenges

The NTIA requires states and territories to develop iterative plans for maximizing broadband access among their residents. Grantees are currently putting out their Five-Year Plans, the first of multiple documents describing their current broadband needs, anticipated concerns, and plans for addressing them.

September 14, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Letter to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Regarding the Virtual Multichannel Video Programming Distributor Market

The success of virtual multichannel video programming distributors (vMVPDs) is evidence that those regulations are not necessary to facilitate the business arrangements that produce and distribute content that consumers value. At the same time, traditional cable business models are shifting, transitioning to greater broadband and IP-based video as opposed to old-fashioned MVPD models.

August 28, 2023|Reports & Briefings

ITIF Technology Explainer: DOCSIS 4.0

Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) is an industry standard, set by cable industry group CableLabs, that specifies high-bandwidth data communications. DOCSIS 4.0 is the latest standard.

August 17, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the FCC Regarding Revising Spectrum Sharing Rules for Non-Geostationary Orbit, Fixed-Satellite Service Systems

The NGSO space economy is primed to take its place as a substantial contributor to broadband connectivity and other services. The Commission’s decisions in this proceeding will have durable impacts on the development of the space and broadband marketplace, so it must focus on setting a workable backdrop for coordination and negotiation that promotes productive use of satellite spectrum.

August 14, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Enabling Equity: Why Universal Broadband Access Rates Matter

High rates of broadband adoption benefit all of society, yet those who stand to benefit the most are also least likely to be online. Pushing hard for near-universal connectivity is crucial if we want technology to help bridge, rather than widen, existing divides.

August 1, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the NTIA Regarding the Ongoing Internet Use Survey

Since households that are still offline are, by definition, unable to be reached through standard methods, flexible, data-driven approaches that target solutions to remaining barriers to connectivity are key to closing the digital divide.

June 12, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Of $6.7 Billion Paid Out for Broadband-Specific Programs in FY 2021, 76 Percent Went to Digital Inclusion and Adoption

Of the agencies that submitted broadband funding data to NTIA, $6.7 billion was paid out for broadband-specific programs in FY 2021, and 76 percent of that went to digital inclusion and adoption.

June 8, 2023|Events

The Future of the Internet in Europe

Watch ITIF's expert panel discussion on the details and likely outcomes of the fair contribution policy proposal, and what the Internet might look like if it’s implemented.

June 5, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Improvements to Broadband Speed and Adoption Contributed $1.3 Trillion to US GDP Between 2010 and 2020

Economists from Telecom Advisory Services estimate that greater broadband adoption and faster speeds contributed $1.3 trillion to U.S. gross domestic product between 2010 and 2020

May 18, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

Don’t Put US Tech Firms Under the Thumb of the European Commission

The EU is considering a new policy that would force American content providers like Google and Netflix to effectively subsidize European ISPs. The Biden administration should push back at the next meeting of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council.

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