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A NOTE TO OUR READERS:

The Information Economy Project has moved.  Previously housed at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, the IEP now finds its home in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.  Thomas Hazlett, Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics at Clemson, remains as Director. [...]
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FTC's Joshua Wright Lectures at Clemson on April 2 -- Video archive available

Federal Trade Commissioner Joshua D. Wright presented a Big Ideas About Information lecture on April 2, 2015 at Clemson University.   Sponsored by the Information Economy Project and the John E. Walker Department of Economics, Commissioner Wright spoke on Regulation in High-Tech Markets: Public Choice, Regulatory Capture, and the FTC.   A p[...]
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Hazlett in TIME: How to Neuter the Net Revolution

The Internet can't innovate living under the rules of a 1970s telephone company. “The Internet revolution has ended just as surprisingly as it began,” writes Professor Lawrence Lessig. “None expected the explosion of creativity that the network produced; few expected that explosion to collapse as quickly and profoundly as it has.”  This[...]
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Hazlett Participates in FCC's Open Internet Roundtable

MULTICHANNEL NEWS Wheeler: Net May Be at Regulatory Inflection Point Asks Whether 'Terminating Monopolies' Hold Key To Letting Startups Scale Up 10/02/2014 By John Eggerton FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has at least raised the possibility that the Internet economy is at an "inflection point" at which the government needs to step in to insu[...]
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Hazlett on The Rationality of U.S. Regulation of the Broadcast Spectrum in the 1934 Communications Act

On the 80th anniversary of the Communications Act, the November 2014 issue of The Review of Industrial Organization looks back at the landmark legislation and ahead to the future of broadcast regulation. The journal features an article by Thomas W. Hazlett, "The Rationality of U.S. Regulation of the Broadcast Spectrum in the 1934 Communications Act[...]
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 anti-comp[...]
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 studies have measured impacts  of demog[...]
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[...]