Free Markets and Rural Universal Service

Free Markets and Rural Universal Service

By Greg Rosston and Scott Wallsten

Published in The Hill on July 6, 2015

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai raised an important issue when he decried the incomprehensible state of our rural universal service funding in a speech and op-ed article in Nebraska. However, despite claiming that “The Internet is the greatest free-market innovation in history”… Pai eschews free-market principles in his proposal to modernize the rural universal service subsidy program to promote broadband Internet access.

Instead, he follows the chairman and decades of commissioners before him by going along with the tried, true and massive subsidy programs that have no known effect on subscription rates.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/technology/246912-free-markets-and-rural-universal-service

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