Comments to the FCC on a National Broadband Plan for the Future

Robert D. Atkinson July 21, 2009
July 21, 2009

As the FCC develops America’s first national broadband strategy, it will be important to focus on both broadband supply and demand, as well as the presence of market failures within the broadband marketplace. Relying on markets alone will not meet our country’s future broadband needs. Instead, to meet the goals for broadband coverage outlined by the FCC, targeted subsidies should be used to expand coverage beyond what the market will provide. In this FCC filing, ITIF discusses the policy and non-policy factors that affect broadband deployment and outlines an appropriate policy framework for a successful national broadband strategy.