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Broadband is like a river (but not the way you think)

Richard Adler | May 4, 2015
Just as rivers were the engines of prosperity for the U.S. as it emerged as a superpower, so now is broadband an engine of innovation. We need to tune that engine to stay ahead.

The growth of the IoT will place huge demands for wireless spectrum to enable billions of interconnected devices to communicate with each other. Without adequate capacity, that growth could be slowed. We need to expand the amount of spectrum available for commercial use, which has direct bearing on our telecommunications policies.

Although we remain the pre-eminent source of tech innovation, new technologies get diffused around the world almost overnight. If we are going to keep our economy strong in a highly competitive world, if we are going to keep the Internet-powered engine of innovation running at full speed, we need policies that will promote permission-less innovation, continued investment in expanding and upgrading our digital infrastructure and policies that encourage companies to use it creatively. In future columns, I'll explore what those policies might be, but a new Communications Act that better fosters experimentation in new products and services is one of them.


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