Expansion of Access to Broadband

Policy or Initiative Description

Governments should provide incentives for businesses to invest funds, expedite approvals, and promote new technologies so that communities can gain widespread access to broadband. For example, states can attract investment and entrepreneurs through small initiatives with municipally owned companies. Broadband creates more opportunities for remote work, distance learning, and telemedicine. Currently, New Jersey ranks first in the country in broadband access.


The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, used its municipal electricity company to roll out broadband connections with a speed that is fifty times the U.S. average in order to attract investment to a struggling city.


Alden, Edward and Taylor-Kale, Laura. “The Work Ahead Machines, Skills, and U.S. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century.” Council on Foreign Relations (2018).



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