Could A National Broadband Policy Boost The Economy By Over $100 Billion?
from the debate-away dept
At this point, I'm still rather agnostic on the issue. I agree that better broadband can help the economy, but I'm not convinced that anyone has really come up with a plan that provides that type of benefit to the entire country in a way that doesn't have dangerous unintended consequences. In some ways, it's similar to the debate over whether you want competition at the platform level or above it, as that would influence the decisions on how to encourage broadband. If you think it's better to focus on competition above the platform, rather than between platforms, then a national broadband policy makes sense (in fact, you could think of it more like the highway system). If you think it's better to have competition between platforms themselves, then a national broadband policy might not make sense. There are compelling arguments on both sides, so maybe we can hash out some thoughts in the comments.