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High-speed data connections, or broadband, are critical to the economy. Our work on broadband covers a wide range of topics, including the digital divide, wireline and wireless provision, spectrum, net neutrality, competition, and more.

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Testimony and Filings

Testimony for FCC en banc hearing at Carnegie Mellon University on broadband and the digital future

Thank you for inviting me to testify today. I will make the following points. Broadband deployment and growth in the United States is strong, and we compare favorably to the rest of the world, despite conventional wisdom. There is no crisis and no apparent market failure. We can take the time to come up with an intelligent national broadband policy to ensure continued investment and innovation in this critical infrastructure.

Press Releases

“Free” Broadband Requirement in AWS-3 Spectrum Auction is a Step Backward, Lenard argues in FCC Comments

Technology Policy Institute president and senior fellow Thomas Lenard filed comments today with the Federal Communications Commission on its proposal to auction the 2155-2175 MHz band (AWS-3) subject to rules that would require the winner to offer a basic tier of free wireless broadband service that virtually the entire U.S. population could access. The service conditions are similar to those contained in a 2006 application by M2Z to obtain this spectrum for free.

Testimony and Filings

Lenard Files Comments With FCC on AWS-3 Spectrum Auction

Technology Policy Institute president and senior fellow Thomas Lenard filed comments today with the Federal Communications Commission on its proposal to auction the 2155-2175 MHz band (AWS-3) subject to rules that would require the winner to offer a basic tier of free wireless broadband service that virtually the entire U.S. population could access. The service conditions are similar to those contained in a 2006 application by M2Z to obtain this spectrum for free.

Press Releases

The Pros and Cons of Network Management: Summary of the 2/29 Event Released

The Technology Policy Institute released a summary of the event on “Network Management: The Latest Battle over Net Neutrality” that took place on February 29, 2008. The panelists discussed the controversy surrounding Comcast’s network management practices and evaluated the economic, legal, and engineering aspects of network management based on evidence from the United States and Japan. They also discussed the potential impacts of possible proposed regulations.

Research Papers

Reverse Auctions and Universal Telecommunications Service: Lessons from Global Experience

The United States now spends around $7 billion on universal service programs?subsidies intended to ensure that the entire country has access to telecommunications services. Most of this money supports telecommunications service in ?high cost? (primarily rural) areas, and the High Cost fund is growing quickly. In response to this growth, policymakers are considering using reverse auctions, or bids for the minimum subsidy, as a way to reduce expenditures. While the U.S. has not yet distributed funds for universal service programs using reverse auctions, the method has been used widely.

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