The Phantom of the Broadcast Spectrum Policy Opera, Hudson Institute

Professor Thomas Hazlett gave a presentation to the Hudson Institute’s Center for Economics of the Internet on February 22, 2012 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM, moderated by Harold Furchtgott-Roth. Length: 68:37

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Other Press Mentions

Juliana Gruenwald, National Journal, Debate on How to Free Up More Spectrum is Far From Over, February 23, 2012,…, “Boucher echoed a call Wednesday by the former chief economist for the FCC, George Mason University law and economics professor Thomas Hazlett, for policymakers to give broadcasters and other spectrum holders flexibility in how they use their spectrum. Hazlett noted at a Hudson Institute event that while broadcasters do not have as much spectrum as they had in the 1950s, they are still required to stick by the over-the-air broadcasting business model set up during that time.”

More Event Details here.

One of the most valuable swaths of underdeveloped spectrum is currently allocated for television broadcasting. The Federal Communications Commission currently has a plan to reallocate parts of that spectrum for mobile broadband purposes.  The FCC plan is complicated, will require a change of law, and may take many years to implement.  Thomas Hazlett will discuss various means to reallocate broadcast spectrum.

Hazlett is Professor of Law & Economics at George Mason University, where he also serves as Director of the Information Economy Project.  He has written for many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Slate, and the New York Times, and is a columnist (on technology policy issues) for the Financial Times.   He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of California, Davis, Columbia University, and the Wharton School, and served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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