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U.S. Broadband Policy and Competitiveness

by Steven J. Markovich
May 15, 2013

An internet cable is seen at a server room (Kacper Pempel/Courtesy Reuters). An internet cable is seen at a server room (Kacper Pempel/Courtesy Reuters).

Experts agree that broadband internet is a critical piece of 21st-century infrastructure. The Federal Communications Commission has stated that “broadband is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life.”

As analysts continue to debate how U.S. digital infrastructure stacks up against its international peers, policymakers need to understand the potential economic benefits and costs associated with emerging broadband technologies. This Backgrounder examines some of these issues and their implications for U.S. competitiveness.

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