tl;dr – Encouraging Broadband Deployment: Removing Regulatory Barriers
Background… As part of its ongoing debate over infrastructure spending, Congress should consider how to best encourage broadband deployment. Lawmakers have been considering ways to fund deployment, particularly through subsidies to users or providers.
But… As important as it is to get subsidies right, the lowest-hanging fruit to facilitate deployment and adoption of broadband is to reform policies that needlessly impede the construction and efficient operation of broadband services. Chief among those are rules governing pole attachments and eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) requirements.