by Wallis G. Romzek and Scott Wallsten Technology Policy Institute Blog * July 18, 2017Technology Policy Institute
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.
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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.
Tom Lam (Clemson) and Meng Liu (MIT) calculate surplus gains at 72 cents per dollar spent.
“Demand and Consumer Surplus in the On-Demand Economy: The Case of Ride Sharing” Read it here:
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The FCC unveiled its National Broadband Plan in 2010—but couldn’t stick to it.
Thomas W. Hazlett
October 1, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission received a homework assignment in 2009—and an extra $13 million for school supplies. Congress ordered the agency to write a “National Broadband Plan” to stimulate the economy. The report, issued in March 2010, focused on opening up dormant radio spectrum for new uses. Citing the tsunami of mobile data usage, the study set a goal: The FCC should set free another 300 megahertz of prime bandwidth, more than used by Verizon and AT&T combined, for wireless broadband by 2015. That move would juice competition, unleash innovation and expand networks coast-to-coast. Continue reading
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.