Analysis

'Overbuilding' Pits Faster Web Speeds Against New Coverage

Law360 (January 24, 2020, 5:26 PM EST) -- The Federal Communications Commission is tasked with funding internet connections in remote areas where connectivity wouldn't flourish naturally, but balancing the distribution of those subsidies quickly turns contentious.

The divide over whether using government subsidies to support more than one internet provider in a given area is highlighted by leaders like FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, who calls subsidized "overbuilding" a waste of scarce taxpayer dollars that could instead be spent on completely disconnected localities.

But for others — such as school districts — overbuilding can serve a useful purpose that helps strapped community institutions strike a better deal for services....

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