Big Tech should help pay to close the broadband gap, FCC commissioner Brendan Carr said in a commentary piece for Newsweek:
“Big Tech has been enjoying a free ride on our internet infrastructure while skipping out on the billions of dollars in costs needed to maintain and build that network … Ordinary Americans, not Big Tech, have been footing the bill for those costs.”
Speaking of the Broadband benefit, Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman at the FCC, recently revealed that more than 1 million households have enrolled in the emergency broadband program.
Why do we care?
I was intrigued to see the FCC come out focused on the use of infrastructure. There’s a big thought – what if it was paid for by the technology companies? I’m not advocating that particular solution. My point all along has been rethinking the way we approach broadband. What we’re doing now isn’t working. Is it a utility? Should it be financed by Big Tech? Or is the answer just… yes?