Alexandra Bruer is a policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. She previously served on active duty for five years in the U.S. Army. She holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University.
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.