From the National Journal:

For Tom Struble, technology-policy manager and counsel for the R Street Institute, the promise of these technologies is reason enough to hold off on throwing billions of dollars at wireline broadband projects.

“In terms of using public dollars cost-effectively, I think deploying fiber to rural areas is not generally prudent right now,” Struble said, “because we don’t know that that’s really the gold standard for broadband.”

Struble added that wireless broadband, in particular, may well be the “great silver bullet for competition” in the broadband market, and that policymakers should wait to see how the market plays out before throwing more money at wired internet infrastructure.


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