Benjamin Lennett

Senior Research Fellow, Open Technology Institute

As a senior research fellow for the Open Technology Institute at New America, Benjamin Lennett focuses on the impact of technology and communications policy on economic development, opportunity, and equality. His writings have appeared in various media outlets and journals including Slate, Columbia Journalism Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Hill, CommLaw Conspectus, and the Journal of Internet Law. He has also appeared on Al Jazeera America and NPR.


Previously, he served as policy director for the Open Technology Institute where he directed efforts to develop and advocate policy proposals aimed at achieving universal and affordable access to communications and the Internet and oversaw the development of the program's policy staff. Mr. Lennett holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida. He is also a graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs, where he received a master’s degree in public policy.

All Work

OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
The Art of the Possible: An Overview of Public Broadband Options

Local governments are facing the challenge to develop effective strategies for connecting their citizens, businesses, and institutions.


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ConnectED's A Great Start: Here's What Must Happen Next

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State U Online, the Wisconsin Idea, and Broadband Barriers

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The Cost of Connectivity 2012

We compared high-speed Internet offerings in 22 cities around the world by price, download and upload speed, and bundled services.


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Public Media Policy, Spectrum Policy, and Rethinking Public Interest Obligations for the 21st Century

The Internet has remade the landscape of free expression, access to news and information, and media production.


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Universities as Hubs for Next-Generation Networks

In our view universities can play a critical role in spurring next generation networks into their communities.


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"4G" Hype and Need for Transparency Rules

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M-Lab Tool, Shaperprobe, Reveals Traffic Shaping Among Major ISPs

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From the Digital Divide to Digital Excellence

Communications technologies have continued to evolve and now increasingly provide opportunities for deploying low-cost broadband.


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FCC Comments on “Specialized Services” and Wireless Open Internet Rules

Media Access project respectfully submits these comments in response to the Public Notice released by the Commission’s Wireline Competition.


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Changes, Requirements and Critical Details: Final Broadband Stimulus Opportunity for BTOP

This paper distills the critical details of the 2010 NOFA that communities need to develop strategies for applying for the final round.


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PISC Comment on Fostering Innovation and Investment in Wireless Communications Market

Wise policy choices will be necessary to facilitate a wireless infrastructure.