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 a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the host of the Shelly Palmer #strategyhacker livestream and co-host of Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett. He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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