Posts by Scott Wallsten
The existing high-cost fund suffers from two inherent flaws: it does not incorporate how much consumers value the services being subsidized, and does not measure the incremental, rather than average, effects of the program. This paper proposes a way to incorporate those factors into the Connect America Fund�the proposed high-cost broadband support program�to enable it to operate more efficiently than the existing high-cost program ever could.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Senator Hatch, and members of the Committee for inviting me to testify here today. My name is Scott Wallsten, and I am vice president for research and senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute as well as a senior policy fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.
Gregory Rosston of Stanford University and Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute argue that the switch from voice to broadband services provides a rare opportunity to reform universal service programs. Rossten and Wallsten offer an alternative design to deliver services in an efficient and politically-palatable manner.