For many, simply thinking of reading a century-long history covering the evolution of regulation of the electromagnetic spectrum would make their eyes glaze over. But Thomas Hazlett’s The Political Spectrum has turned that material into an interesting, informative, and powerful read, packed with important lessons and implications about markets, regulation, and public choice economics, illustrated with some eye-opening stories. In fact, his book provides one of the best-ever illustrations of what Ronald Reagan once called the nine scariest words in the English language: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Thomas Winslow Hazlett offers an accessible history of wireless technology, describing how regulators often stifled innovative competition under pressure from incumbent interests, and how deregulation eventually gave us FM radio, HBO, wi-fi, and the iPhone. ZDNet UK Book Reviews
by Thomas Hazlett, New York Daily News, Tuesday, November 21, 2017
For the sixth time in the last decade, U.S. rules on “network neutrality” are set to flip. The controversial policy — first imposed by the Federal Communications Commission under Bush 43, then struck down by federal courts, then re-imposed under President Obama, then overturned again, then imposed yet again — is now slated for demolition by Ajit Pai, the FCC head appointed by President Trump.
Prof. Jonathan Aronson (Southern Cal) speaks about his book, co-authored with Peter Cowhey (UCSD), DIGITAL DNA: Disruption and the Challenge of Global Governance (Oxford, 2017). IEP @ Clemson University, Nov. 14, 2017.
Award-winning author John Bloom talks about his 2016 book detailing the launch, collapse, and rebirth of Iridium, the world’s most advanced satellite telephone network. Named a Top Ten Book by both the Wall Street Journal and The Economist, Eccentric Orbits is a fascinating story of science, public policy and entrepreneurship.