The FCC’s dramatic 2015 pivot on Internet regulation sought to envelope advanced broadband networks in the shroud of telephone company rules rolled out in the Mann Elkins Act of 1910. These historic common carriage “Title II” regulations – originally the province of the Interstate Commerce Commission, long ago antiquated and finally abolished in 1995 — were cited as exemplars by the Commission in last year’s Open Internet Order.
Recent PostsPatients dying because of FDA inflexibility By Thomas W. Hazlett - 05/25/16 05:08 PM EDT via The Hill On May 26, the Food and Drug Administration will decide whether to approve eteplirsen, a therapy for Duchenne multiple dystrophy (DMD), on a fast-track basis. The drug, made by Sarepta Therapeutics, is the first for this brutal disease, which strikes about 500 boys annually in the U.S. It shows up before the age of five, putting k[...]
Economics-Free’ Obamanet The White House and FCC acted on pure ideology. Cost-benefit analysis? What’s that?WALL STREET JOURNAL Feb. 1, 2016 By L. GORDON CROVITZ Jan. 31, 2016 6:20 p.m. ET A Technology Policy Institute conference last month turned into something of a roast. Economist Tom Hazlett proposed a mischievous toast to “our friend, former FCC chief economist Tim Brennan, who wrote every word” of the Federal Communications Commission’s new regulations over the Internet. Mr. Brennan denied any involvement with the heavy-handed rules: “Nothing t[...]
Panelist from Academic Professor Kevin Tsui, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Clemson UniversityProfessor Kevin Tsui received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. Professor Tsui’s research interests include Resource and Environmental Economics, Internet Economics and Industrial Organization. Read more.[...]
Which Digital Divide? Measuring Age, Voter Participation, and Broadband Access in the DTV Transition of 2009This study investigates demand for one component of the broadband bundle, namely video. Using TV converter box coupon data from the Digital Television Transition of 2009, I estimate drivers of demand for video. I measure demographic, voting, and broadband access variables such as age, gender, household size, income per capita, voter participation, election outcome, population density, and broadband availability. Results show that a digital d[...]