Broadband

A Model Broadband Ecosystem

September 20, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

For those who argue that U.S. broadband is too expensive and not as good as it could be, one only needs to look to Europe for another reality that could be a whole lot worse. Taking into account the high cost of operating and upgrading broadband networks in a largely suburban nation and the wide economic diversity of the population, the U.S. has made significant progress in creating a vibrant, high-quality and affordable broadband ecosystem.

95% of America’s Young Adults Use Broadband at Home

August 27, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

The latest survey of America’s home broadband subscriptions by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reveals some surprising trends that you probably haven’t heard before. The fact that 95% of America’s young adults use broadband at home really jumps out.

Crawford Misuses the Survey Data

August 21, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

In the second post in a two part response to Susan Crawford’s attack on his New York Times op-ed “No Country for Slow Broadband,” Richard Bennett deconstructs Crawford’s analytical errors.

What's in Store for Cable Subscribers?

Yahoo News
The cable TV industry is fighting cord-cutting trends with a batch of ground-breaking developments.

Don’t Tax Internet Access

August 9, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

One of the basic principles of an innovation-based tax policy is that government should “tax bads, not goods.” This is the idea behind proposals such as using carbon taxes to pay for an expanded research and development tax credit. So why would the government want to tax Internet access when, according to the McKinsey Global Institute, the Internet accounts for 3.8 percent of U.S. GDP?

Public-Private Partnerships will Close Rural Broadband Gap

August 7, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

As America prepares to retire the public telephone network that served us so well for nearly 100 years, we need to take stock of the broadband networks that have taken its place.

The Myth of America's Inferior Broadband

Wall Street Journal
In this op-ed, former Commerce Undersecretary Ev Ehrlich site’s ITIF’s latest research on broadband performance.

Crawford Misses the Mark

July 31, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

An 8,000 word blog post by Susan Crawford attempting to rebut my New York Times op-ed is riddled with analytical and factual errors. See part one of a two part response. 

Google Thinks Balloons May Solve Problem of Internet Access in Third World

San Jose Mercury News
Google’s Project Loon is seeking to connect the two-thirds of the world's population who are on the wrong side of the digital divide.