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November 29, 2001

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To boost public access to broadband technology, the federal government should support new initiatives and monitor developments rather than pursue policies that are premature and could inhibit the market, says a new report of the National Academies' National Research Council. However, once the market takes shape, the federal government may need to step in to help improve service where broadband availability is lacking or to address any abuses of market power that might occur.

Nikil Jayant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta and Chair, Committee on Broadband Last Mile Technology.