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How Would a Susan Crawford FCC Chairmanship Impact Broadband

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A wave of support seems to be building for appointing Susan Crawford FCC Chairman should Mr. Genachowski retire. General consensus is this will likely lead to notable changes at the agency. But would these be mostly good or bad? The answer probably depends on where you sit.

Hunter Newby’s company, Allied Fiber, sits at the hub of thousands of miles of network buildouts. He has business dealings and relationships with numerous private, public and nonprofit entities involved with broadband operations. And Newby has strong feelings about how Crawford’s policy positions would impact the federal agency that has the most significant impact on broadband in the U.S.

This interview examines how FCC policy changes could influence the speed and cost of broadband deployments. From a private company’s perspective, could increased regulations really be bad for business? How do we reconcile the need to protect the public’s interests with companies’ desire to make a profit? Gigabit Nation tackles these and other important questions.

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