By Scott Wallsten
Published in The Hill on January 23, 2015
The National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA) recently released a study evaluating its implementation of the $4.7 billion broadband stimulus program (the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, or BTOP). The NTIA paid ASR Analytics $5 million to do the study, which it touts as “independent.”
A careful read of the report, however, shows that the most important part of the study was not at all independent: the choice of which BTOP awards to study.
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