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.
announced his moon shot: closing the digital divide. In a refreshing and pragmatic break from central planning of the broadband economy, the FCC launched the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), a diverse group of experts tasked with making recommendations on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet access by reducing and removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment. To be sure, the US is the global leader in broadband infrastructure investment, accounting for one-quarter of the world’s total, but the process to deploy infrastructure could be improved.