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Simplicity is one of Bernie Sanders’ great strengths: Corporations and the rich have rigged the economy. His solutions sound simple, even when the plans behind them are complicated: college for all, health care for all, tax the rich, break up big banks. He trails Hillary Clinton in presidential delegates to this point, and he remains […]

Study finds that Next-Generation Wireless Networks Could Add Nearly $3 Trillion to U.S. GDP by 2030; Increase Economic Output by 11 Percent WASHINGTON—A new policy report released today by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) examines the long-term relationship between mobile broadband and U.S. economic growth and relates it to current public policy questions. The report, […]

By / 2.18.2016

WASHINGTON—PPI President Will Marshall today released the following statement after a U.S. federal magistrate ordered Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters: “The Progressive Policy Institute has long advocated a forceful U.S. response to the threat of jihadist terrorism. With the rise and […]

WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute today released the following statement urging Congress to pass the Internet Tax Freedom Act: “The development of the Internet has been the single biggest driver of growth in the United States over the last two decades, disrupting and transforming industries in every corner of our economy. Not only has it been […]

By / 11.17.2015

“Buy land,” Will Rogers is famous for having said, “They’re not making any more of it.” But the same constraint applies to a similar resource – electromagnetic spectrum, the real estate on which the economy’s future will be built. This week, the powerful Senate Commerce Committee will take steps in addressing this modern-day conundrum. And […]

By / 9.16.2015

Report estimates 22,000 App jobs in Indonesia JAKARTA—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report at a public forum in Jakarta, which measures the growing contribution of digital innovation to the Indonesian economy, compares the environment for investment in Indonesia to other locations in Southeast Asia, and warns of potential policy pitfalls […]

PPI Senior Fellow Hal Singer’s analysis on the impact of the FCC’s net neutrality ruling was cited in the Wall Street Journal: Before Obamanet went into effect, economist Hal Singer of the Progressive Policy Institute predicted in The Wall Street Journal that if price and other regulations were introduced, capital investments by ISPs could quickly […]

By / 9.10.2015

PPI Unveils Report Measuring Vietnam’s App Economy at Public Forum in Hanoi Report estimates 29,000 App jobs in Vietnam HANOI—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report at a public forum in Hanoi, which measures the growing contribution of digital innovation to the Vietnamese economy, compares the environment for investment in Vietnam […]

By / 8.26.2015

They said it wouldn’t happen. They offered assurances from three Wall Street analysts, who insisted that Internet service providers (ISPs) would continue to invest at the same levels regardless of the regulatory climate. When it issued its Open Internet Order in February of this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) never counted on its prediction […]

By / 8.13.2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently proposed amending its low-income “Lifeline” program—which provides a $9.25 per month credit for consumers of voice services—to permit recipients to apply that same subsidy instead to broadband services. Who could argue against increasing options for low-income Americans? Before critiquing the FCC’s proposal, it’s important to point out that expanding […]