Joanne Hovis, CLIC’s CEO and owner of CTC Technology and Energy, will be testifying at the House Energy & Commerce Communications & Technology Subcommittee tomorrow during a hearing titled “ Closing the Digital Divide: Broadband Infrastructure Solutions.”
During her testimony, Joanne will be offering “a better game plan,” one whose strategies “address the core reason the digital divide persists: a lack of return on investment in many areas of the country.” Its six components include:
- Support public-private partnerships that ease the economic challenges of constructing rural and urban infrastructure;
- Incent local efforts to build infrastructure — ones that private service providers can use — by making bonding and other financing strategies more feasible;
- Target meaningful infrastructure capital support to rural and urban broadband deserts, not only to attract private capital but also to stimulate private efforts to gain or retain competitive advantage;
- Empower local governments to pursue broadband solutions of all types, including use of public assets to attract and shape private investment patterns, so as to leverage taxpayer-funded property and create competitive dynamics that attract incumbent investment;
- Require all entities that benefit from public subsidy to make enforceable commitments to build in areas that are historically unserved or underserved; and
- Maximize the benefits of competition by requiring that all federal subsidy programs are offered on a competitive and neutral basis for bid by any qualified entity.