academic study has given municipal broadband a failing grade. Not that there are a lot of actual studies of what happens when a government that regulates businesses also competes with them — perhaps because the answer seems rather obvious that the government tilts the playing field in its favor and often drives out private providers. What this new study from the University of Pennsylvania tells us is that governments are generally not very good at providing broadband service and tend to fail financially.
bungled its $36 billion high-speed internet rollout” but that he could actually explain how it had managed to do so. Now it is fair to say that I am not one of the greatest fans of the extremely costly Australian government-financed and -operated nationwide fast broadband policy. The National Broadband Network (NBN) as originally conceived to deliver fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) to nearly 94 percent of households was, at the original price tag of A$43 billion, the most expensive infrastructure project ever embarked on by the Australian government. In only a few years, the price tag had blown out to A$72.6 billion, and the scheme was running far behind the original deployment targets. Following a change of government in 2013, a review of the project was commissioned, which led to downscaling to a more modest “Mixed Technology Model” (MTM), estimated to incur a net loss to the economy of only A$620 per household, as opposed to the fiber-only A$2,220. Not surprisingly, given the headline, I was expecting to see something along these lines.
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.