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.


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Model Policies

  • Resolution in Support of Non-Discriminatory Property Tax Policies Final

    WHEREAS, American consumers have come to rely on high speed communications networks constructed by communications providers to improve their overall quality of life including in the areas of healthcare, education, business, emergency services, and other purposes; and WHEREAS, communications providers must make sizeable investments to keep pace with consumer demand …

  • Resolution Calling on the Federal Government to Maximize Its Stimulus Support for Broadband Internet Adoption and Use Programs Final

    WHEREAS, among the approximately 95 percent of American households that have access to broadband Internet services, only about 75 percent of U.S. households subscribe[1] and WHEREAS, research shows that a “lack of interest” in broadband is one of the main reasons certain populations do not seek out broadband services[2]; and WHEREAS, research also …

  • Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Resolution Final

    WHEREAS, the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”) has a foundational and principled history of fighting against excessive, multiple, discriminatory and inconsistent taxation while promoting private sector competitiveness and states’ rights in taxation or non-taxation of goods and services; and WHEREAS, digital goods and services include, but are not limited to: …

  • Resolution Regarding Traffic Pumping Final

    WHEREAS, Traffic Pumping (Access Stimulation) is defined as the artificial stimulation of switched access traffic as a result of revenue sharing or “kick-back” arrangements partnering with third parties such as free calling service companies offering “free” conference calls, adult and pornographic chat, and international calling; WHEREAS, these LECs collect switched access …

  • Independent Contractor Definition Act

    Summary Many workers often characterize themselves as independent contractors due to beneficial tax incentives, etc. However, when the worker is injured on the job, the worker may want to characterize him/herself as an employee in order to draw from the workers’ compensation system, even though the worker may not have …

  • Travel Agent Tax Fairness Act

    Summary This legislation establishes a sensible framework to eliminate confusion and controversy in the imposition of sales and hotel occupancy taxes on services provided by travel agents and other travel intermediaries. The legislation clarifies that a travel agent service which helps travelers to research, compare, and book hotel reservations is …

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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

  • ALEC Applauds Congressional Approval of Spectrum Auctions to Promote Broadband image

    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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