Presenters Eli Noam, Marius Schwartz, and Babette Boliek take questions from the audience at IEP’s April 2013 conference, From Monopoly to Competition or Competition to Monopoly? U.S. Broadband Markets in 2013. ¬†

Information Economy Project News

Hazlett and Wright Pen Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on FCC Over-Management of the Internet

Hazlett and Wright Pen Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on FCC Over-Management of the Internet

† ¬† ¬†Joshua Wright, IEP Scholar on leave and current FTC Commissioner, joined Thomas Hazlett to write an Op-Ed¬†in the Wall Street Journal titled "Micromanaging the Web Would Be a Macro Mistake." The Op-Ed¬†warns of the issues that arise when the FCC attempts to over manage internet regulations, such as net neutrality. In an attempt to prevent[...]
IEP Scholar Sarah Oh's Paper on the Effects of the Discount Rate and Urbanicity on E-rate Funds

IEP Scholar Sarah Oh's Paper on the Effects of the Discount Rate and Urbanicity on E-rate Funds

IEP Scholar Sarah Oh has written a paper entitled Effects of the Discount Rate and Urbanicity on E-rate Funds from 1998-2012. The abstract from the paper reads as follows: Broadband  in  schools  has  been  financially  supported  by  the  E-rate  program  for  over fifteen  years  in  the  United  States.  Although  prior  [...]
Hazlett Interviewed for Virginia Business Article on "Open Internet"

Hazlett Interviewed for Virginia Business Article on "Open Internet"

     Thomas Hazlett was interviewed by Virginia Business Magazine in an article by Richard Foster analyzing the Netflix/Comcast deal and the ramifications for the so called "open internet."  Critics have said the the deal will lead to an end to the era of open internet and will lead to higher costs for consumers as well as discriminat[...]
Hazlett, Oh, and Skorup on the Effects of Prohibiting Handset Bundling in Finland and Belgium

Hazlett, Oh, and Skorup on the Effects of Prohibiting Handset Bundling in Finland and Belgium

Thomas Hazlett joined IEP Scholars Sarah Oh and Brent Skorup in authoring a paper studying the effects of laws passed in Finland and Belgium prohibiting the bundling of cell phones with 3G wireless broadband plans. The paper compares 3G subscribership rates in these countries with other European countries that did not place such a ban on bundling[...]
Efficient Spectrum Reallocation with Hold-Ups and Without Nirvana

Efficient Spectrum Reallocation with Hold-Ups and Without Nirvana

Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law and Economics and Director, Information Economy Project, George Mason University and Clemson University In 2010, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) determined that up to 20 television channels should be shifted to mobile services. If successful, the reform could generate over $1 trillion in soc[...]
Thomas Hazlett Cited in Amicus Brief filed with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn Red Lion

Thomas Hazlett Cited in Amicus Brief filed with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn Red Lion

Minority Television Project, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission is a case, currently under petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court, that seeks to overturn the current legal standard set in Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC. In Red Lion, the Supreme Court held that the FCC has broad authority to regulate broadcast television in the "publ[...]
Thomas Hazlett Cited in Daily Beast Article on Net Neutrality

Thomas Hazlett Cited in Daily Beast Article on Net Neutrality

The Daily Beast's Nick Gillespie wrote an article entitled "The FCC Must Ignore the Silly ‚ÄėNet Neutrality‚Äô Advocates." In it, Gillespie explains why the dire consequences predicted by net neutrality proponents are exaggerations. The article contains several quotes from Dr. Hazlett's papers and interviews, both about the FCC's ability to regulat[...]
IEP Conference on Spectrum Auctions Covered in TR Daily

IEP Conference on Spectrum Auctions Covered in TR Daily

The IEP conference from April 25th, Spectrum After Incentive Auctions, was covered in TR Daily by Paul Kirby. The entire text of the article appears below: EXPERTS DEBATE WAYS TO IMPROVE GOVERNMENT SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT TRDaily - April 25, 2014 Experts today debated ways the federal government could improve its management of spectrum, including pr[...]
Skorup Op-Ed on Net Neutrality Appears in Real Clear Markets

Skorup Op-Ed on Net Neutrality Appears in Real Clear Markets

IEP Scholar Brent Skorup penned an op-ed on the net neutrality debate. In it, he examines the origins of net neutrality, specifically the first violator of the FCC's net neutrality rules. The FCC forced a small wireless carrier to abandon their two tier pricing scheme that was offered to their customers as a means to offer a more basic service for [...]
Thomas Hazlett Interviewed for an Article on Spectrum Auctions in Econ Focus Magazine

Thomas Hazlett Interviewed for an Article on Spectrum Auctions in Econ Focus Magazine

Econ Focus, the economics magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, wrote an article on the state of the FCC's spectrum auction process.  In it, Thomas Hazlett is quoted detailing the difficulties the FCC has encountered in facilitating the auction due to the rigid nature of spectrum rights under the current system.  He concludes that t[...]