Promoting Transparency and Competition in the Broadband Market

Author: Curt Williams & the Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Coalition


Summary 


The Biden Administration should (i) direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take simple administrative steps to promote transparency in the broadband-internet market and (ii) allocate funds through competitive grants and low-interest loans to projects that will increase broadband-market competition. Transparency, funding, and competition will lead to lower prices for consumers and greater adoption of residential broadband. The latter has been proven to increase economic competitiveness while also supplying myriad other social benefits.


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About the Author


Curt Williams was most recently the Digital Innovation Fellow at the Cleveland Foundation, where he led the implementation of the Foundation's Digital Excellence Initiative. Working closely with community partners around Greater Cleveland, Curt promoted a stronger digital culture by sharing ideas, making grants, and bringing people together around technological and digital inequities. He also spent time as a Public Service Fellow, conducting policy research for Cuyahoga County Council. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy & Management - Data Analytics degree from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.



The Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Coalition is a collective group formed in mid-2020 that includes Cleveland’s corporate, philanthropic, K-12 and higher education, health care, workforce, and community-based and advocacy organizations. The Coalition wishes to express its appreciation for key digital-inclusion initiatives already underway at the federal level and urges additional actions to close the digital divide.