Public utility regulation of broadband: Lessons from the electricity industry

Earlier this week, long-time broadband industry critic Susan Crawford published a New York Times op-ed renewing her call for public utility regulation of internet providers. Crawford has long suggested that broadband access should be regulated like electricity: subject to public obligations and government oversight to assure all Americans access to service at low rates. But a closer look at the modern electricity industry shows just how poorly a dynamic infrastructure industry fares under the public utility model.