Digital Communications in the United States:
Should Broadband Communications be a Public Utility Service?
A Conversation with Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford 

The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) will host a thought provoking presentation and dialogue with Susan Crawford, who will speak on the current status of broadband Susan Crawford Poster Finalcommunications in the United States including the state of competition, affordability, availability of high speed internet, and whether cities should be allowed to build their own municipal fiber broadband networks. 

Professor Crawford, a Roosevelt Institute Fellow, Cardozo Law School Professor, and former Presidential Transition Team member, will present ideas from her recent book, Captive Audience -- The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age  


Ms. Crawford will address questions that go to our communications ecology in an Information Age:

  • Should broadband be a public utility service?
  • Is there sufficient competition in the wired communications sector? What about cell phones?
  • Is broadband more expensive (and slower) in the United States than elsewhere in the world and, if so, why is it so expensive and slow?
  • Should cities be allowed to step in and build municipal fiber broadband networks?


Audience participation will be a key component of the event.  


WHEN: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 – 2:00 – 3:30pm

WHERE: Auditorium of the California Public Utilities Commission

505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA  


The event will be both video webcast in real-time and archived. 

See the archived video of the event 

Susan Crawford's Presentation 



More Background

The New Republic: “The Next Elizabeth Warren Susan Crawford’s crusade against lousy, overpriced Internet providers,” April 30, 2013.