Key Points
  • Regulators should find ways to facilitate the expansion of provision of communications services in their jurisdictions rather than becoming another hurdle to success.
  • Regulators of communications services should move quickly to make a final decision when application for expansion of communications services is made in their jurisdiction.
  • Rights-of-way fees should be limited to the actual cost of rights-of-way administration, and should be recovered in a competitively neutral manner.
  • Municipalities should limit their ownership and operation of communications and advanced services or facilities. When municipalities do provide such services safeguards must ensure that private providers with whom the municipality competes are not disadvantaged by the municipality in the exercise of its bonding and taxing authority, management of rights of way, assessment of fees or taxes, or in any other way.

Access to a fast Internet connection returns a great of value to consumers. Whether for education, furthering a career, innovating or just enjoying entertainment, broadband access can open new worlds of opportunity. The great news is that the promise of broadband is being realized across the country, in urban and rural communities, including all demographics, amongst the middle class and the poor.

Widespread efforts to promote broadband adoption, use and digital literacy are critical to improving the nation’s long-term competitiveness in a global market, and to achieving certain socioeconomic improvements in the quality of American life. Expanding adoption, use and digital literacy skills will allow a greater number of Americans to fully take advantage of the benefits of broadband based applications such as tele-health, energy management and education opportunities online

By any objective measure, the rollout of broadband services in the U.S. is going phenomenally well, and is largely being done with private capital and without involving taxpayer dollars. As you might expect, broadband providers have focused on areas where demand and market forces sufficiently incentivize private network companies. But there obviously are some challenges in areas where, for reasons of geography, population density, or other issues, making a business case for deploying broadband.

Free market policies provide the best answer for the provision of broadband to the greatest number of people in the greatest number of places. In many cases government needs to get out of the way and let the market be free to provide demanded services. To the extent that coverage is not reasonably complete then other small government approaches are an option.

Publications

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Model Policies

  • Electronic Government Services Act Sunset Review

    Electronic Government Services Act Summary While the continued development of information technology and the proliferation of the Internet has permitted government agencies to make more efficient the necessary transactions between citizens and the government, it has also blurred the lines between commercial activities and appropriate governmental functions. The “Electronic …

  • Neutrality and Integrity in Software Procurement Act Sunset Review

    Neutrality and Integrity in Software Procurement Act Summary This Act amends the state’s procurement rules to preserve choice, competition, and integrity in the state’s selection and installation of software products. It requires that software procurement decisions made by the state consider: (1) the total cost of ownership during the …

  • Resolution Supporting Pro Consumer Public Policy for Voice, Video, and Data Services Sunset Review

    Resolution Supporting Pro Consumer Public Policy for Voice, Video, and Data Services WHEREAS, it is the mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty, and WHEREAS, it is the policy of ALEC to encourage and accelerate …

  • Online Bidding Act Sunset Review

    Online Bidding Act Summary This Act would allow public agencies to use on-line, electronic bidding as a means of obtaining bids from vendors for the procurement of goods, services, construction and information services. Model Policy Section 1. {Title} This Act may be cited as the “On-line Bidding Act.” Section …

  • Principles on Online Privacy Final

    Principles on Online Privacy The American Legislative Exchange Council acknowledges that a market environment is essential for future success of the Internet. The proposed set of policies accounts for new technologies and tools that effectively empower consumers to protect their privacy. A consumer and private-sector-driven approach via self-regulation avoids …

  • Municipal Telecommunications Private Industry Safeguards Act Sunset Review

    Municipal Telecommunications Private Industry Safeguards Act Summary The Legislature recognizes the importance of the widespread provision of telecommunications and advanced services and cable television services. For the vast majority of citizens these services are provided by private entities. In certain instances municipalities or their agents have sought to provide …

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Task Forces

Communications and Technology

With nearly 200 members representing all parts of the country and every segment of industry, the Communications and Technology Task …

Press Releases

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    ALEC Applauds Congressional Approval of Spectrum Auctions to Promote Broadband

    Contact: Kaitlyn Buss Phone: 202-742-8526 Email: [email protected] ALEC Applauds Congressional Approval of Spectrum Auctions to Promote Broadband Washington, D.C. (February 17, 2012) — Today …

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