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ITIF Debate: “Are Broadband Markets Competitive Enough?”

Broadband access spurs economic growth and enhances the quality of life, but for Americans to enjoy broadband services at the optimal combination of speed, access, and price, having a satisfactory level of competition will be essential. Some believe that broadband markets are already robustly competitive, others see them as monopolistic or at best oligopolistic and that American consumers suffer higher broadband costs and poorer service options from inadequate levels of competition.

ITIF will explore this crucial topic on Friday, November 21 from 9:00am – 11:00am with a spirited debate between Jeff Eisenach, Chairman of Empiris LLC (and former founder and president of the Progress and Freedom Foundation); Ev Ehrlich, President of ESC Company (and former Clinton Administration Undersecretary of Commerce); and John Windhausen, President of Telepoly (and former president of the Association for Local Telecommunications Services). Eisenach and Ehrlich will argue that the current broadband market is competitive and will present two new papers, respectively, “The Reality of Competition in the Broadband Market” and “U.S. Broadband Policies: A Market-Oriented Success Story.” Windhausen will respond, arguing that the broadband market is not fully competitive.

Date: Friday, November 21
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Place: The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (map and directions)
1250 Eye Street, NW, Suite 200, Room 2
Washington, DC 20005


Robert Atkinson (bio)
President, The Information and Innovation Foundation


Jeff Eisenach (bio)
Chairman, Empiris LLC
Handout: Broadband Policy: Does the U.S. Have It Right After All?

Ev Ehrlich
President, ESC Company
Handout: The Reality of Competition in the Broadband Market

John Windhausen (bio)
President, Telepoly
Presentation Slides (PDF)

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