Broadband Stimulus


When talking about the idea of doing some infrastructure investments as part of a stimulus package, I’ve mostly focused on things like transportation infrastructure and our sorry electrical grid. But my friend Julian Sanchez has an informative report out about a coalition of telecom firms and advocacy groups that have often clashed with the telecoms in the past over regulatory issues coming together to advocate expenditures on enhancing the country’s broadband infrastructure.

That sounds fine to me, though my understanding (possibly somewhat out of date since I last looked at this a few years ago) is that the largest impediments to getting really fast broadband in the United States are more regulatory in nature than physical. In other words, technology exists and could be deployed and even is being deployed to some extent but it’s all being done at a snail’s pace because there isn’t much competition.