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Congress can allow broadband providers to accelerate the depreciation, for tax purposes, of network equipment.

The government should allow companies investing in broadband networks to expense investments in new high speed broadband networks (capable of delivering considerably faster speeds than today’s average DSL or cable networks) in the first year. Currently, companies must depreciate telecommunications network investments over a period of fifteen years. Allowing companies to deduct the investment in the first year reduces the costs of making these investments and spurs faster deployment of higher speed networks.