USF Reform: Learning from Prior Efforts

Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm
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Virtual Event

A close look at precisely what effect the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) may have on the digital economy, on U.S. innovation in the broadband and tech sectors, and on eradicating the digital divide.

Scott Wallsten, President of Technology Policy Institute, will discuss how the billions IIJA authorized could most effectively be deployed to close digital divides across the country. Dr. Wallsten will explore some of the more efficient ways of distributing the subsidies, including the most salient lessons learned from prior, failed efforts at increasing adoption and digital literacy. Dr. Wallsten will share insights he has developed using a customized database to help determine where there are in fact gaps in access and/or adoption and the sort of customized solutions that could be provided using IIJA money.