Accessible, Affordable Internet for All


The Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act (aka S.4131) is a must-read. The text of this bill is soul-crushing: it’s asking for $94 billion, of which $80 billion will be spent on deploying broadband infrastructure nationwide (prioritizing unserved and underserved rural, suburban, and urban areas).

America desperately needs a future-thinking broadband infrastructure policy. This isn’t it.

The bill perfectly articulates what America needs (and why), then it defines broadband as 25 down/3 up and goes on to read like a bunch of corporate handouts with some pandering to the underserved. I’ve read this bill a few times now, and the more I read it, the madder I get. Congresspeople!

The volume and velocity of data is increasing and will always increase. Our national broadband policy has to foster innovation, not hand out money for providing 25/3 access in a 500/500 world that is soon to be a 1000/1000 and beyond.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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