Universal Broadband

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Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

Date: 
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 18:00 to 20:30

It’s been almost ten years since the Federal Communications Commission released its National Broadband Plan and policymakers continue to bicker over the best way to catalyze the expansion of broadband networks to remote and sparsely populated areas. A number of programs aim to fill the access gap including a revitalized FCC Universal Service program, a new mapping effort, new and old state and local programs, and the possibility of funds from a federal infrastructure stimulus. And, despite a long list of failed government efforts, some continue to advocate for the government to con



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