Blair Levin

Make America Great—with Great Broadband

The primary objective of broadband policy ought to be to stimulate faster, better, cheaper broadband. There are many paths up the mountain. Let me offer a couple of thoughts based on my experiences with other communities.

A new digital divide has emerged — and conventional solutions won’t bridge the gap

[Commentary] Though the United States has made profound progress in making Internet access universally available, a new digital divide has emerged that defies conventional solutions.

This is a handbook for city officials seeking the affordable, abundant bandwidth their communities will need to thrive in the decades ahead.



Next battlefield in the “game of gigs”: Cities and poles

[Commentary] As metropolitan economies of all shapes and sizes prepare for a future with gigabit-speed broadband, one of the biggest costs to deploying a fiber network is preparing utility poles to carry a new fiber line.

Cities, technology, the next generation of urban development, and the next administration, Part 3

[Commentary] As the candidates lay out their plans for the country, cities and technology should be at the heart of the conversation about economic growth and social progress.

Cities, technology, the next generation of urban development, and the next administration, Part 2

[Commentary] The federal government should focus on how cities are likely to be the primary government jurisdictions on the leading edge of using new technology to transform the public sphere.

Cities, technology, the next generation of urban development, and the next Administration, part 1

[Commentary] Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton recently laid out her technology plan.

Levers to Intensify Broadband Competition -- Part I Spectrum

[Commentary] The National Broadband Plan has a lot of recommendations for improving the spectrum position of the mobile providers.

From Gigabit Testbeds to the “Game of Gigs”

Gig.U began in 2011 with three-dozen research university communities coming together to accelerate the deployment of next-generation broadband networks to enhance educational and economic development.