Public Knowledge this morning released a new report, “Peak Bandwidth,” on a new crisis facing consumers, policymakers and the telecommunications industry.
The report is here.
The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:
“This report, by staff attorney John Bergmayer, is of critical importance as Americans come to rely more and more on the Internet for their work, education and recreation.
“Our survey indicates that the era of plentiful, low-cost bandwidth is coming to an end as data bits, the raw material of information, become in increasingly short supply. As the report states, once those bits are used up, they aren’t coming back.
“We discuss some alternative, renewable communications technologies and propose a new tax policy, a bandwidth depletion allowance. Taken together, we believe these recommendations will help the U.S. economy through this crucial time.”
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