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Most Americans Want Universal Internet Access, But Few Willing To Pay Taxes For It: Study

Derek Shumway

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March 29, 2021 – A new study has found that 95 per cent of Americans believe internet access should be accessible to all, but only 33 per cent would be prepared to pay more taxes to make that a reality.

Another 33 per cent said they were “definitely unprepared” to make additional taxes and 34 percent said they were “unsure of their position.

The study by Self Financial, which surveyed 1,033 Americans between February 15 and 19, 2021, also found that two out of three people said they support the notion that the internet should be considered a utility. The study used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk survey platform and was released on March 3.

A key reason internet has been considered to be as important as basic utilities is that fact that approximately 21 million people lack internet access in the country, with some estimating it’s double that.

Even if Americans think internet access should be a right for all citizens, the study points out that not everyone agrees it should be at high speeds. Ninety five percent believed internet access was a right, but only 87 percent thought high-speed internet access was a right.

The study also found respondents concerned about enhanced government regulation if the internet is considered a public utility. The study found that when asked who they trust more to handle their internet data usage, 41 percent said nobody. Respondents said they would trust private companies like internet providers slightly more than the government, at 22 and 16 percent, respectively.

Born in China and adopted to American Fork, Utah, Reporter Derek Shumway graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in international strategy and diplomacy. At college, he started an LED lightbulb company.

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Carri Bennet: Biden’s Broadband Plan is Key to Spurring Rural Economic Development, Jobs and Manufacturing

The American Jobs Plan, President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan, includes $100 billion to ensure broadband availability to every single American at affordable rates. This means building more broadband in rural areas.

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The author of this Expert Opinion is Carri Bennet of the law firm of Womble Bond Dickinson

March 29, 2021 – A new study has found that 95 per cent of Americans believe internet access should be accessible to all, but only 33 per cent would be prepared to pay more taxes to make that a reality.

Another 33 per cent said they were “definitely unprepared” to make additional taxes and 34 percent said they were “unsure of their position.

The study by Self Financial, which surveyed 1,033 Americans between February 15 and 19, 2021, also found that two out of three people said they support the notion that the internet should be considered a utility. The study used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk survey platform and was released on March 3.

A key reason internet has been considered to be as important as basic utilities is that fact that approximately 21 million people lack internet access in the country, with some estimating it’s double that.

Even if Americans think internet access should be a right for all citizens, the study points out that not everyone agrees it should be at high speeds. Ninety five percent believed internet access was a right, but only 87 percent thought high-speed internet access was a right.

The study also found respondents concerned about enhanced government regulation if the internet is considered a public utility. The study found that when asked who they trust more to handle their internet data usage, 41 percent said nobody. Respondents said they would trust private companies like internet providers slightly more than the government, at 22 and 16 percent, respectively.

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Shabbir Bagasrawala: A Clarion Call for Supply Chain Diversity in Our Telecom Networks

Limited competition is provided by the existing trio of vendors. This worsens the supply chain problem for operators.

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The author of this Expert Opinion is Shabbir Bagasrawala, Head of Go-to-Market Team at Altiostar

March 29, 2021 – A new study has found that 95 per cent of Americans believe internet access should be accessible to all, but only 33 per cent would be prepared to pay more taxes to make that a reality.

Another 33 per cent said they were “definitely unprepared” to make additional taxes and 34 percent said they were “unsure of their position.

The study by Self Financial, which surveyed 1,033 Americans between February 15 and 19, 2021, also found that two out of three people said they support the notion that the internet should be considered a utility. The study used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk survey platform and was released on March 3.

A key reason internet has been considered to be as important as basic utilities is that fact that approximately 21 million people lack internet access in the country, with some estimating it’s double that.

Even if Americans think internet access should be a right for all citizens, the study points out that not everyone agrees it should be at high speeds. Ninety five percent believed internet access was a right, but only 87 percent thought high-speed internet access was a right.

The study also found respondents concerned about enhanced government regulation if the internet is considered a public utility. The study found that when asked who they trust more to handle their internet data usage, 41 percent said nobody. Respondents said they would trust private companies like internet providers slightly more than the government, at 22 and 16 percent, respectively.

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Vice President Kamala Harris Will Oversee Administration’s Broadband Goals

Biden has assigned Vice President Kamala Harris with the broadband portfolio.

Benjamin Kahn

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Vice President Kamala Harris at President Biden's address to Congress Wednesday

March 29, 2021 – A new study has found that 95 per cent of Americans believe internet access should be accessible to all, but only 33 per cent would be prepared to pay more taxes to make that a reality.

Another 33 per cent said they were “definitely unprepared” to make additional taxes and 34 percent said they were “unsure of their position.

The study by Self Financial, which surveyed 1,033 Americans between February 15 and 19, 2021, also found that two out of three people said they support the notion that the internet should be considered a utility. The study used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk survey platform and was released on March 3.

A key reason internet has been considered to be as important as basic utilities is that fact that approximately 21 million people lack internet access in the country, with some estimating it’s double that.

Even if Americans think internet access should be a right for all citizens, the study points out that not everyone agrees it should be at high speeds. Ninety five percent believed internet access was a right, but only 87 percent thought high-speed internet access was a right.

The study also found respondents concerned about enhanced government regulation if the internet is considered a public utility. The study found that when asked who they trust more to handle their internet data usage, 41 percent said nobody. Respondents said they would trust private companies like internet providers slightly more than the government, at 22 and 16 percent, respectively.

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