Next Generation Digital Infrastructure: Promoting Investment, Competition and Consumer Protection

April 18, 2019  • Communications and Society Program

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With rapid developments in network and digital technologies—particularly with respect to digital platforms—concerns over consumer trust, use of data and the diffusion of broadband infrastructure and services have emerged as preeminent policy issues. Participants of the 33nd Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy, which took place in Aspen, Colorado in August 2018, sought to provide guidance. It explored regulatory structures to create incentives for the deployment of communications infrastructure to unserved areas, and ways to promote competition and protect consumers on the internet. The Conference ultimately examined federalism in the field of communications—which government institutions should manage the evolving technologies and services.

Visit the interactive Next Generation Digital Infrastructure to further explore the conference that led to this report.