Bronwyn Howell, Tom Krattenmaker, Jeff Sandefer: Tullock Lecturers Announced

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The Information Economy Project is proud to present the Tullock Lecture schedule for Fall 2012.

Dr. Bronwyn Howell – Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012
New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation Inc.
4:00 to 5:30 pm @ Founder’s Hall Room 111, GMU School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va. Reception to Follow in the Levy Atrium, 5:30-6:30 pm Admission is free but seating is limited.

“Regulating Broadband Networks: The Global Data for Evidence-Based Public Policy:” Policy makers in the U.S. and around the world are wrestling with “the broadband problem” – how to get advanced forms of Internet access to businesses and consumers. A variety of regulatory approaches have been used, some focusing on incentives to drive deployment of rival networks, others on network sharing mandates or government subsidies. Despite a wealth of diverse experience, there seems to be a great deal of confusion about what the data actually suggest. Few people have studied these data more carefully, however, than New Zealand economist Bronwyn Howell, who will frame the lessons of the global broadband marketplace.  Prof. Howell will be introduced by Dr. Scott Wallsten, Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute, who served as Economics Director for the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.  RSVP online here or by email to iep.gmu@gmail.com.

Thomas G. Krattenmaker – Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
Formerly, Director of Research, FCC, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Dean and Professor, William and Mary Law School
4:00 to 5:30 pm @ Hazel Hall Room 215 GMU School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va. Reception to Follow in the Levy Atrium, 5:30-6:30 pm Admission is free but seating is limited.

FCC v. Fox: Broadcast Indecency Law as the New Paradigm for Regulatory Failure:” In its June 21, 2012 opinion in FCC v. Fox, the Supreme Court vacated reasoned judgments of the Second Circuit, without one sentence questioning the validity or wisdom of those judgments. Although the Court absolved Fox on a technicality, its opinion appears to reflect a post-modern approach to First Amendment jurisprudence concerning broadcast speech, whereby neither precedent nor principle control outcomes. This indulgent approach to a government censorship bureau appears to acquiesce in an unconfined, unprincipled, and unwarranted seizure of regulatory power by the FCC. The Fox opinion thus compounds and enables a grave regulatory failure; whether any sound broadcast indecency policy or legal regime is feasible is perhaps debatable, but the Federal Communications Commission is wholly incapable of administering such a regime.  The lecture will be preceded by a short introduction by Fernando Laguarda.  RSVP online here or by email to iep.gmu@gmail.com.

Jeff D. Sandefer – Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012
Founding Dean, Acton School of Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
4:00 to 5:30 pm @ Hazel Hall Room 215 GMU School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va. Reception to Follow in the Levy Atrium, 5:30-6:30 pm Admission is free but seating is limited.

“A Modest Proposal for Education in America:”  Perspective from a big thinker who founded or co-founded five successful companies, formerly managed Sandefer Capital, an energy investment firm.  Named by BusinessWeek as one of the top Entrepreneurship professors in the United States.  Stay tuned for more details and registration details.

The Tullock Lecture Big Ideas About Information is made possible through the generosity of Gordon Tullock, Professor of Law and Economics, emeritus. Each semester, guest scholars and experts visit George Mason University School of Law. The Information Economy Project seeks to provide a venue for unique intersections between the law and telecommunications with a focus on innovative scholarship. Many of our speakers have published papers following their lectures.

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