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Director of Innovation Policy

Kristian Stout, ICLE's Director of Innovation Policy is an expert in intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, and Internet governance. Kristian has been a Fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry, as well as the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Before practicing law, Kristian worked as a technology entrepreneur and a lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University.

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Associate Director, Legal Research

Ben Sperry is Associate Director of Legal Research with the International Center for Law & Economics, where he works on FTC reform, competition policy, data and privacy, telecommunications, and net neutrality. He recently returned to ICLE after spending three years in his hometown, first serving as a judicial law clerk and then as a public defender in western Pennsylvania.

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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.

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