Biden’s $100 Billion Rural Broadband Plan Bets on Success of FCC Initiatives

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cites Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation Jessica Melugin on Biden’s broadband plan:

“Good intentions aside, it often doesn’t produce good outcomes,” said Jessica Melugin, a researcher with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington libertarian think tank promoting free markets.

Mr. Biden’s plan stated that it would prioritize funding broadband networks owned or operated by municipalities or nonprofits, a move that would hamper the private sector’s ability to roll out new technologies to reach communities, Ms. Melugin said.

The Biden plan “feels like a quick fix to some people, but the evidence says something different,” she said. “You’re talking about decades of delay at the FCC for rolling out cellphone technology and things like that.”

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