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Content Archives: Investing in Rural Broadband

June 25, 2020

Allowing internet providers to compete is best for advancing rural broadband, says David Redl, former administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and now Univ. of Colorado professor.
We must recognize that a pro-investment strategy, Redl says, requires the “alignment of incentives.”
“In other parts of the world, line-sharing for network competitors and price controls have been put at the center of network policy, and it has put a damper on investment in facilities,” Redl writes. “It substitutes short-term consumer happiness (a regulated price) over long-term consumer benefits (more choice and innovation).”

June 23, 2020

This week, little Door County in Wisconsin is expected to ease restrictions on the use of broadband towers as a way to encourage more investment in internet service in the rural county. Advocates of deregulation are asking for deregulation of all fixed wireless structures of 200 feet or fewer.

June 21, 2020

Broadband has held up better in the U.S. than Europe because of the higher capital investment here, the Tax Foundation says. And that investment is higher here because of a lighter regulatory approach.

“From 2003 to 2015, the United States invested almost twice as much per capita on broadband internet than the average European country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). And according to the Progressive Policy Institute’s (PPI) report on investment in the United States, four of the top 10 companies with the most capital investment in the United States in 2019 were telecommunications companies. PPI found that the top four firms combined for more than $54 billion in capital expenditures.”

https://taxfoundation.org/broadband-internet-telecom-5g-capital-investment-infrastructure-tax-policy/

PTA President Steve Samara testifies before Senate Communications and Technology Committee

PTA President Steve Samara testifies regarding rural broadband deployment on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

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PTA President Steve Samara testifies before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee on robocalls

PTA President Steve Samara testifies before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee on robocalls.

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PTA President Steve Samara Testifies on Underground Utility Line Protection

House Consumer Affairs Committee Information Hearing on The Pennsylvania Underground Utility Line Protection Law on June 5, 2017 Testimony of Steven Samara, President, Pennsylvania Telephone Association.

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PTA President Testifies on State of Telecommunications Industry Before House Committee

House Consumer Affairs Committee
Information Hearing on the Telecommunications Industry
March 22, 2017

Testimony of Steven Samara, President, Pennsylvania Telephone Association

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