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Broadband and "The Politics of Abundance"

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National Broadband Plan architect Blair Levin joins us to discuss the broadband implications of his new plan to accelerate growth, shrink the national debt, revolutionize the delivery of government services and help slow global warming.

With former FCC Chairman (93-97 Reed Hundt, Levin recently co-authored the e-book "The Politics of Abundance: How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream, and Establish Obama’s Legacy." The book advocates strongly for a four-part plan that expands the Internet and the electric power grid:

  • Tax carbon-intensive emissions from power plants in return for reducing income tax rates; 
  • Couple utility reform with corporate tax reform;
  • New wave infrastructure financing to support, among other things, next-generation data networks; and
  • Accelerate all government services to the digital platforms,

Listeners get a very good policy analysis from Levin and host Craig Settles, plus a preliminary look at issues both gentlemen will explore later in the week at a Washington, DC private roundtable on the economic and community impact of broadband.