Crafting Broadband and Spectrum Policy to Serve the "Public Good"


Ubiquitous access to high-speed networks is increasingly viewed by federal policymakers and local governments as an essential element in ensuring that all citizens have the same opportunities to succeed. How Americans receive these services and who provides them is the subject of intense debate in Congress, the FCC, and the courts. Higher education institutions have played a valuable role as innovators using high-speed networks, in some cases partnering with local municipalities to provide access to high-speed networking services. Panelists will discuss the policy and current court challenges surrounding local municipalities building their own networks, and how the FCC's pending ruling on spectrum management reform will impact wireless technology as a viable alternative.

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