America’s 10-Year Experiment in Broadband Investment Has Failed

By Brendan Greeley – Every government that wants to get more of its citizens online runs into the same problem.

It’s very expensive to run fixed lines of copper or even faster fiber along the “last mile,” the stretch that runs from the beginning of your neighborhood to the wall of your house, and there are very few government solutions.

Here’s how things stood in 2003. At the time, the U.S. held a tremendous potential advantage. Not only did every house have a copper telephone line, almost every house had a cable line, too. Blessed with such riches, in 2002 the FCC made a technical ruling that came down to a very simple deal.

The U.S. has been conducting a vast experiment in what happens when you encourage monopolies in return for infrastructure investment. more>


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