Event: Government Owned Networks: How not to promote broadband investment
When: December 9, 2020, 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET
Where: Virtual Webinar
Moderator: Jeffery Westling, Resident Fellow, Technology & Innovation
- Chip Baltimore, Senior Fellow, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
- Whitney Klasna, Secretary, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, Rural Agricultural Council of America (RACA)
- Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies
In today’s COVID-19-impacted virtual world, teachers assign online homework, patients visit doctors via videoconferencing and farmers use software to increase efficiency. As a result, Americans need reliable broadband connectivity now more than ever. Therefore, the United States must develop and maintain a regulatory regime that promotes investment into our broadband networks. To date, a hands-off, industry-led approach has resulted in massive investment and connectivity. However, there is more work to be done, and subsidized competitors may threaten the private deployment of broadband infrastructure across the country.
This panel will explore the role that broadband plays in the lives of all Americans, and the appropriate regulatory approach to incentivizing further deployment. In addition, it will examine how subsidized entry from utilities that can cross-subsidize different services effects private investment and broadband deployment.