Events and Conferences

The Project’s conferences and lectures tap prominent thinkers in the Information Economy. Its research enterprise provides a venue for established experts and promising young scholars to present analyses on the most challenging regulatory questions of our day. Big Ideas About Information Lecture Series: The Information Economy Project at Clemson University is proud to host  Big Ideas About Information Lecture Series. Each semester, guest scholars and experts visit Clemson University. 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.  Conferences: Panels of experts convene to discuss important topics at the intersection of the law and economics of telecommunications.  Mini-Conferences: Half-day mini-conferences provide a venue for focused discussions of issues of scholarly interest. Recent mini-conferences have provided retrospectives of regulatory decisions in the telecommunications industry. Presentations: Information Economy Project fellows and staff participate in programs hosted by other technology policy groups and provide testimony to Congress.

Recent Events

Prof. Milton Mueller of Georgia Tech delivered a Tullock Lecture on April 24, 2017, discussing his new book, WILL THE INTERNET FRAGMENT?

Prof. Milton Mueller of Georgia Tech delivered a Tullock Lecture on April 24, 2017, discussing his new book, WILL THE INTERNET FRAGMENT?

ABSTRACT:  The Internet has united the world as never before. But is it in danger of breaking apart? Cybersecurity, geopolitical tensions, and calls for data sovereignty have led to claims that the Internet is fragmenting.  Milton Mueller argues, however, that the network effects of global compatibility are so powerful that they will continue to de[...]
THE TULLOCK LECTURE on FEB. 27, 2017
Regulatory expert Robert Crandall spoke at Clemson Oct. 31

Regulatory expert Robert Crandall spoke at Clemson Oct. 31

Rick Uhlmann, College of Business October 21, 2016 Deregulation would unleash efficiencies and enhance U.S. spending and productivity growth, according to Robert Crandall, senior fellow, Brookings Institution, who delivered the Tullock Lecture at Clemson University on Oct. 31. Crandall, a renowned author and expert on the economics of gove[...]
Noted author, attorney Peter Huber spoke at Clemson April 12

Noted author, attorney Peter Huber spoke at Clemson April 12

Rick Uhlmann, College of Business and Behavioral Science March 22, 2016 Peter Huber, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and prominent Washington, D.C. attorney, spoke at Clemson University on April 12, 5-6:30 p.m., in 100 Hardin Hall as part of the Clemson Information Economy Project. An author of several books, Huber[...]
A Century of Spectrum Overregulation and the Quest to Liberate Wireless Technologies

A Century of Spectrum Overregulation and the Quest to Liberate Wireless Technologies

via Hudson Institute With the FCC’s relentless drive to regulate new technologies, a look back at the history of the federal government’s spectrum regulation can shed light on how to encourage innovation and competition in the wireless industry. On Wednesday, December 9th, Professor Thomas Hazlett discussed his forthcoming book, The Political[...]
Nationally recognized health-care economist, Jonathan Skinner spoke at Clemson University on  Nov. 4

Nationally recognized health-care economist, Jonathan Skinner spoke at Clemson University on Nov. 4

November 4, 2015 Jonathan Skinner, a nationally recognized health-care economist, spoke Nov. 4 at Clemson University on the U.S. health care system and keeping it affordable without stifling economic growth.Skinner, a Dartmouth professor of economics, spoke at Clemson as part of The Big Ideas about Information Lecture Series, sponsored by [...]
Renowned economist, Nobel winner Vernon Smith spoke at Clemson October 5

Renowned economist, Nobel winner Vernon Smith spoke at Clemson October 5

October 5, 2015 Distinguished economist and 2002 Nobel Prize winner Vernon L. Smith spoke at Clemson University today as part of The Big Ideas about Information Lecture Series, sponsored by the Information Economy Project. The event was free and open to the public. Smith spoke in 100 Brackett Hall from 4-5:30 p.m., followed by a reception[...]
FTC's Joshua Wright Lectures at Clemson on April 2 -- Video archive available

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 proli[...]
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Joshua Wright: Regulation in High-Tech Markets: Public Choice, Regulatory Capture, and the FTC - transcript

Remarks of Hon. Joshua D. Wright, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, at the Big Ideas About Information Lecture, Clemson University, April 2, 2015.   "Regulation in High-Tech Markets: Public Choice, Regulatory Capture, and the FTC".   A URL to the annotated speech text and a transcript of Commissioner Wright's speech are provided herein: [...]
IEP Conference on Spectrum Auctions Covered in TR Daily

IEP Conference on Spectrum Auctions Covered in TR Daily

The IEP conference from April 25th, Spectrum After Incentive Auctions, was covered in TR Daily by Paul Kirby. The entire text of the article appears below: EXPERTS DEBATE WAYS TO IMPROVE GOVERNMENT SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT TRDaily - April 25, 2014 Experts today debated ways the federal government could improve its management of spectrum, including pr[...]
Conference: Spectrum Beyond Incentive Auctions

Conference: Spectrum Beyond Incentive Auctions

Date: Friday, April 25 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET Venue: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge Speakers include Blair Levin, Robert Kaminski, Thomas Hazlett, Richard Bennett, Michael Marcus and Harold Furchtgott-Roth. [Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius] Genachowski pointed out that it takes a long time--an average of ove[...]
Conference: Daddy, What's a Broadcast Television Network?

Conference: Daddy, What's a Broadcast Television Network?

You can find a full video of the conference here. Date: Friday, November 15 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Venue: George Mason University, Arlington Campus, Hazel Hall Room 120 Morning Keynote: Preston Padden, Executive Director, Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition Conference Agenda 8:00-8:30 am - Continental Breakfast 8:[...]
Conference: From Monopoly to Competition or Competition to Monopoly? U.S. Broadband Markets in 2013

Conference: From Monopoly to Competition or Competition to Monopoly? U.S. Broadband Markets in 2013

Date: Friday, April 19 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Venue: George Mason University, Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Room 111 Morning Keynote: Commissioner Joshua Wright, Federal Trade Commission Lunch Keynote: Dr. Robert Crandall, Brookings Institution Conference Agenda 8:00-8:30 am - Continental Breakfast 8:30-8:35 am - Greeting and I[...]
Thomas W. Hazlett on Brookings Panel - "Internet Everywhere"

Thomas W. Hazlett on Brookings Panel - "Internet Everywhere"

On November 27, the Economic Studies Program at Brookings hosted a forum, called Internet Everywhere: Broadband as a Catalyst for the Digital Economy, dedicated to the discussion of U.S. regulation of broadband platforms. IEP Director Thomas W. Hazlett was invited as a panelist, and the panel discussed regulatory threats and bright spots, as well a[...]
Jeff D. Sandefer:  A Modest Proposal for Education in America

Jeff D. Sandefer: A Modest Proposal for Education in America

Jeff D. Sandefer Founding Dean, Acton School of Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Wednesday, November 14, 2012 The Information Economy Project at George Mason University proudly presents The Tullock Lecture on Big Ideas About Information 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Hazel Hall Room 215 GMU School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va. (O[...]
Bronwyn Howell: Regulating Broadband Networks: The Global Data for Evidence-Based Public Policy

Bronwyn Howell: Regulating Broadband Networks: The Global Data for Evidence-Based Public Policy

Dr. Bronwyn Howell  New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation Inc. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 The Information Economy Project at George Mason University proudly presents The Tullock Lecture on Big Ideas About Information 4:00 – 5:30 pm @ Founder's Hall Rm 111 GMU School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va. (O[...]
Thomas Krattenmaker: FCC v. Fox: Broadcast Indecency Law as the New Paradigm for Regulatory Failure

Thomas Krattenmaker: FCC v. Fox: Broadcast Indecency Law as the New Paradigm for Regulatory Failure

Thomas G. Krattenmaker  Former Director of Research, FCC Former Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center Former Dean and Professor, William and Mary Law School Wednesday, October 17, 2012 The Information Economy Project at George Mason University proudly presents The Tullock Lecture on Big Ideas About Information 4:00 – 5:30 pm[...]
Bronwyn Howell, Tom Krattenmaker, Jeff Sandefer: Tullock Lecturers Announced

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

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 [...]
Adam Clayton Powell III: Free Speech and Free Society: How Far Will Technology Take Us?

Adam Clayton Powell III: Free Speech and Free Society: How Far Will Technology Take Us?

Adam Clayton Powell III Senior Fellow, USC Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Wednesday, March 7, 2012 The Information Economy Project at George Mason University proudly presents The Tullock Lecture on Big Ideas About Information 4:00 – 5:30 pm @ Room 215 GMU School of Law, 3301 [...]
Video Coverage of The Digital Inventor: How Entrepreneurs Compete on Platforms

Video Coverage of The Digital Inventor: How Entrepreneurs Compete on Platforms

8:45 AM  Welcoming Remarks Daniel Polsby, Dean, George Mason University School of Law Thomas Hazlett, Prof. of Law & Economics, George Mason University 9:00 AM  Breakfast Keynote Design, Institutions, and the Evolution of Platforms Richard Langlois, University of Connecticut 9:30 AM  Platforms, Modularity, and Complementary Goods [...]
Conference: The Digital Inventor: How Entrepreneurs Compete on Platforms

Conference: The Digital Inventor: How Entrepreneurs Compete on Platforms

An Innovation and Intellectual Property Conference George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Va. Friday, February 24, 2012 The assembly line of our knowledge-based economy begins with technology discovery and ends with the moving target of a consumer market.  Connectivity is funded and rewarded through exchanges of time, money, and[...]
Speaker Biographies: The Digital Inventor: How Entrepreneurs Compete on Platforms

Speaker Biographies: The Digital Inventor: How Entrepreneurs Compete on Platforms

Keynote Speakers, Panelists and Moderators for The Digital Inventor Conference, an Innovation and IP Conference, February 24, 2012: Richard Langlois, University of Connecticut - Breakfast Keynote Leading "Schumpeterian" economist who stresses importance of disruptive business models in explaining economic growth.  He writes on the theory of dyn[...]
The Phantom of the Broadcast Spectrum Policy Opera, Hudson Institute

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 Video streaming by Ustream Other Press Mentions Juliana Gruenwald, National Journal, Debate on How to Free Up More Spectrum is Far Fro[...]
Tim Groseclose: Media Bias, Its Effects, and Its Implications for the Fairness Doctrine

Tim Groseclose: Media Bias, Its Effects, and Its Implications for the Fairness Doctrine

Tullock Lecture by Tim Groseclose Tuesday, November 29, 2011 The Information Economy Project at George Mason University proudly presents The Tullock Lecture on Big Ideas About Information 4:00 - 5:30 pm @ Room 215 GMU School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va. (Orange Line: Virginia Square-GMU Metro) Reception to Follow in the Levy [...]
Media Bias, Its Effects, and Its Implications for the Fairness Doctrine

Media Bias, Its Effects, and Its Implications for the Fairness Doctrine

Tullock Lecture 2011 Presentation. Tim Groseclose, Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at UCLA. Many politicians, authors, and media professionals make claims of a liberal bias in the media — only to be dismissed as disgruntled, paranoid, or selective in their evidence of such bias. But what if they’re right? Tim Groseclose, a profess[...]
The Federal Communication Commission's Excellent Mobile Competition Adventure

The Federal Communication Commission's Excellent Mobile Competition Adventure

Mercatus Center Working Paper No. 11-46.  Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University School of Law Stressed-out undergrads meet deadlines for term papers by cramming facts, figures, and buzzwords; splicing Wikipedia entries; pasting select expert quotations; citing everything twice; inserting some nifty, multi-col[...]
Gerald Faulhaber and David Farber: The Wireless Tsunami: Back to the Future

Gerald Faulhaber and David Farber: The Wireless Tsunami: Back to the Future

Tullock Lecture by Gerald R. Faulhaber and David J. Farber Monday, October 24, 2011 The Information Economy Project at George Mason University proudly presents The Tullock Lecture on Big Ideas About Information 4:00 – 5:30 pm @ Room 121 GMU School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va. (Orange Line: Virginia Square-GMU Metro) Reception t[...]
The Wireless Tsunami

The Wireless Tsunami

Tullock Lecture 2011 Presentation Slides. Gerald R. Faulhaber, Senior Fellow, Information Economy Project and Professor Emeritus of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, David J. Farber, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University Former Chief Techn[...]
Mini-Conference: Copyright Compromises: Creators’ Rights, ISP Efficiency & Consumer Welfare

Mini-Conference: Copyright Compromises: Creators’ Rights, ISP Efficiency & Consumer Welfare

A Mini-Conference of the Information Economy Project Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9 a.m.—12 p.m. @ Room 215 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia (Orange Line: Virginia Square-GMU Metro) In July, copyright holders and Internet service providers produced a “six strikes” agreement brokered by the White House.  The deal protects intellectual p[...]
Multimedia from Copyright Compromises: Creators’ Rights, ISP Efficiency & Consumer Welfare

Multimedia from Copyright Compromises: Creators’ Rights, ISP Efficiency & Consumer Welfare

Mini-Conference Announcement: Copyright Compromises: Creators’ Rights, ISP Efficiency & Consumer Welfare Audio available here http://youtu.be/5mftvuw-Z-s. Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150490752059554.461320.196896834553&type=3[...]
Enforcement and Normative Resistance

Enforcement and Normative Resistance

Copyright Compromises, Mini-Conference Presentation, October 12, 2011.  Ben Depoorter, Professor of Law, UC Hastings Law School. Enforcement policy variables: deterrence, personal norms & beliefs, perception of community standards, behavioral adjustments.  Complications, deterrence and norms. Sub-community.  Methodology of study, sample si[...]
IP Alerts: An Overview for the Copyright Compromises Mini-Conference

IP Alerts: An Overview for the Copyright Compromises Mini-Conference

Copyright Compromises, Mini-Conference Presentation, October 12, 2011.  Christopher Newman, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law. Section 512, four "safe harbors", conditions for eligibility, protection of privacy, memorandum of understanding, Center for Copyright Information, methodologies, independent expert, copyrig[...]
Why IP Alerts May Require New Technology

Why IP Alerts May Require New Technology

Copyright Compromises, Mini-Conference Presentation, October 12, 2011. Nick Feamster, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Georgia Tech. ISPs Already Help Users Fight Malware, Comcast “Constant Guard”: Observes user traffic and notifies user about possible compromise.  Notifying a user about possible piracy: Significantly different!  Malwa[...]
Speaker Biographies: Copyright Compromises: Creators’ Rights, ISP Efficiency & Consumer Welfare

Speaker Biographies: Copyright Compromises: Creators’ Rights, ISP Efficiency & Consumer Welfare

Christopher Newman, Prof. of Law, George Mason University Assistant Professor Christopher M. Newman graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1999, and holds a BA in classical liberal arts awarded by St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. Following law school, Professor Newman was a clerk for the Honorable Alex [...]
TR Daily: Industry Experts Take Aim at Commission on Net Neutrality, Auctions, USF, Media Breakfast panel at the Hudson CEI

TR Daily: Industry Experts Take Aim at Commission on Net Neutrality, Auctions, USF, Media Breakfast panel at the Hudson CEI

Professor Thomas Hazlett joined several free market advocates at a roundtable sponsored by the Hudson Institutes Center for Economics on the Internet (CEI) to discuss the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) actions on network neutrality, incentive auctions, and universal service.The group recommended the FCC follow a path that allows more cho[...]
Spectrum Markets: Challenges Ahead, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University, June 2-3, 2011

Spectrum Markets: Challenges Ahead, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University, June 2-3, 2011

The Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University hosted a two-day workshop on June 2-3, 2011 on market-mechanisms and technical restrictions in spectrum supply. Description here: http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/meds/spectrummarkets/  Participant List and Presentation Topics here: http://kellogg.northwestern.edu/meds/spectrumma[...]
The FCC's Wireless Competition Report: A Preview, Mercatus Center Technology Policy Program

The FCC's Wireless Competition Report: A Preview, Mercatus Center Technology Policy Program

Prof. Thomas Hazlett presented on a panel hosted by the Mercatus Center Technology Policy Program on May 18, 2011 for a preview discussion of the FCC's 2011 Wireless Competition Report addressing questions: What does a proper analysis of wireless competition look like? What should we expect from the FCC's report this year? How should th[...]
Waves of Innovation: Spectrum Allocation in the Age of the Mobile Internet, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Waves of Innovation: Spectrum Allocation in the Age of the Mobile Internet, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation hosted an event on spectrum allocation called Waves of Innovation: Spectrum Allocation in the Age of the Mobile Internet on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM. Rayburn House Office Building 45 Independence Ave SW (Room 2168) Washington, DC 20515 Participant list ava[...]
Shane Greenstein: The Mythology of Networks (and Other Lessons from the Commercial Internet)

Shane Greenstein: The Mythology of Networks (and Other Lessons from the Commercial Internet)

Tullock Lecture by Shane Greenstein Thursday, April 7, 2011 4 PM @ Room 120 Hazel Hall The Tullock Lecture presenting Big Ideas About Information George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia Advanced data networks arose under government sponsorship in the 1970s and 1980s; they were commercialized in the 1990s.  As the "netwo[...]
The Mythology of Networks (and Other Lessons from the Commercial Internet)

The Mythology of Networks (and Other Lessons from the Commercial Internet)

Tullock Lecture presenting Big Ideas About Information 2011. Shane Greenstein, Elinor and H. Wendell Hobbs Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Advanced data networks arose under government sponsorship in the 1970s and 1980s; they were commercialized in the 1990s.  As the "network of ne[...]
Stan Liebowitz: Sometimes it is a Wolf: Piracy, Fairy Tale Business Models & Intellectual Property on the Internet

Stan Liebowitz: Sometimes it is a Wolf: Piracy, Fairy Tale Business Models & Intellectual Property on the Internet

Tullock Lecture by Stan Liebowitz Monday, February 28, 2011 Ashbel Smith Professor of Economics of the University of Texas at Dallas Director, Center for the Analysis of Property Rights and Innovation 4 PM @ Room 120 GMU Law, Arlington, Virginia Professor Liebowitz has published widely in scholarly journals on the economics of knowledge go[...]
Sometimes it is a Wolf: Piracy, Fairy Tale Business Models & Intellectual Property on the Internet

Sometimes it is a Wolf: Piracy, Fairy Tale Business Models & Intellectual Property on the Internet

Tullock Lecture 2011 Presentation. Stan Liebowitz, Ashbel Smith Professor of Economics of the University of Texas at Dallas and Director, Center for the Analysis of Property Rights and Innovation. Excerpt: The Future of Copyright Industries: • Technology is responsible for copyright: it separated creations from the creators: writing, printing, a[...]
Harvard Law School Discussion of Net Neutrality featuring Tim Wu & Thomas Hazlett

Harvard Law School Discussion of Net Neutrality featuring Tim Wu & Thomas Hazlett

Harvard Law School Discussion of Net Neutrality featuring Tim Wu & Thomas Hazlett A lively discussion on January 13, 2011 in Cambridge, Massachusetts on "Net Neutrality, The Future of the Internet," sponsored by the Harvard Federalist Society and the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. News from Event: http://www.law.harvard.edu/n[...]
Articles from Tragedies of the Gridlock Economy Conference

Articles from Tragedies of the Gridlock Economy Conference

The Information Economy Project is proud to present articles that have been published in the Arizona Law Review, Volume 53, from the Tragedies of the Gridlock Economy: How Mis-Configuring Property Rights Stymies Social Efficiency held on October 2, 2009:Symposium — Tragedies of the Gridlock Economy: How Mis-Configuring Property Rights Stymies Socia[...]
The Rise of Wireless as a Change Agent in the Economic Ecosystem: Learnings, Yearnings & Potential Earnings, Georgetown CBPP

The Rise of Wireless as a Change Agent in the Economic Ecosystem: Learnings, Yearnings & Potential Earnings, Georgetown CBPP

On Monday, December 6, 2010, the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy hosted “The Rise of Wireless as a Change Agent in the Economic Ecosystem: Learnings, Yearnings & Potential Earnings.” National Press Club, Holeman Lounge Washington, D.C. 8:30 AM - Noon Event Page Panel I - Economic, Policy and Business Issues in the Wir[...]
Administrative Law Panel: Limits to Government and Regulatory Authority: Comcast v. FCC, Federalist Society 2010 National Lawyers Convention

Administrative Law Panel: Limits to Government and Regulatory Authority: Comcast v. FCC, Federalist Society 2010 National Lawyers Convention

The 2010 National Lawyers Convention of the Federalist Society held a panel on administrative law on limits to government and regulatory authority, with particular attention to the Comcast v. FCC case on Saturday, November 20, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Event Page: http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/id.665/default.asp Administrative Law[...]
The Unfinished Radio Revolution: New Approaches to Handling Wireless Interference, Silicon Flatirons, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

The Unfinished Radio Revolution: New Approaches to Handling Wireless Interference, Silicon Flatirons, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Silicon Flatirons and the ITIF hosted an event on The Unfinished Radio Revolution: New Approaches to Handling Wireless Interference on November 12, 2010 in Washington, D.C.  This event was co-sponsored by Silicon-Flatirons, IEEE-USA, CTIA, New America Foundation, and FCBA. Event Page: http://www.silicon-flatirons.org/events.php?id=862 Vide[...]
Vivek Wadhwa: What is a Tech Entrepreneur... And How Can We Make More of Them?

Vivek Wadhwa: What is a Tech Entrepreneur... And How Can We Make More of Them?

A Tullock Lecture by Vivek Wadhwa Thursday, October 28 , 2010, 4 p.m. Visiting Scholar, UC‐Berkeley; Sr. Res. Associate, Harvard Law School; Executive in Residence, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Columnist, BusinessWeek; Contributor, TechCrunch Room 120, George Mason University School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, V[...]
EconTalk with Russ Roberts, Podcast: Hazlett on Apple vs. Google

EconTalk with Russ Roberts, Podcast: Hazlett on Apple vs. Google

Russ Roberts hosts EconTalk with an interview of Thomas Hazlett on the growing rivalry between Apple and Google on October 25, 2010 for the Library of Economics and Liberty. "Hazlett, drawing on his recent article in the Financial Times, argues that these arguments fail to recognize the different competitive advantages of Apple and Google and th[...]
Robert Corn-Revere: The First Amendment and the End of History: Does Media Convergence Mean the End of Regulation or is it Just the Beginning?

Robert Corn-Revere: The First Amendment and the End of History: Does Media Convergence Mean the End of Regulation or is it Just the Beginning?

A Lecture by Robert Corn-Revere Monday, April 5, 2010 at 4 p.m. Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Lead Counsel for CBS in CBS Corporation v. FCC Argued United States v. Playboy Entertainment Group Co-counsel in United States v. Stevens   Room 120 George Mason University School of Law 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Va. Admission is free, [...]
Surprisingly Free Conversations, Podcast of Thomas W. Hazlett, Interview by Jerry Brito

Surprisingly Free Conversations, Podcast of Thomas W. Hazlett, Interview by Jerry Brito

Thomas Hazlett discusses telecommunications policy and economics on March 15, 2010. The discussion also turns to the history of spectrum regulation, ongoing inefficiencies in the current system, and suggestions for possible improvements. Hosted by Jerry Brito, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of [...]
Prepared Testimony for the Hearing on Competition in the Media and Entertainment Distribution Market, Comcast-NBCU Merger, Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives

Prepared Testimony for the Hearing on Competition in the Media and Entertainment Distribution Market, Comcast-NBCU Merger, Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives

Hearing on: Competition in the Media and Entertainment Distribution Market Thursday 2/25/2010 - 10:00 a.m. 2141 Rayburn House Office Building Full Committee By Direction of the Chairman [...]
Glen Robinson: Regulating Communications: Stories from the First Hundred Years

Glen Robinson: Regulating Communications: Stories from the First Hundred Years

Tullock Lecture by Glen Robinson, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, 1974-76 David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus University of Virginia School of Law Thursday, February 18, 2010, 4 p.m. Room 120 Professor Robinson, drawing on his distinguished career as a scholar and policy maker, will present three s[...]
Unleashing the DTV Band, A Proposal for an Overlay Auction, Comment - NBP Public Notice #26

Unleashing the DTV Band, A Proposal for an Overlay Auction, Comment - NBP Public Notice #26

Thomas W. Hazlett Friday, December 18, 2009 The Federal Communications Commission’s digital television (DTV) transition is not nearly complete. The total bandwidth set aside for terrestrial digital video broadcasting -- 49 channels allotted some 294 MHz -- is worth over $100 billion in license value and at least ten times that amount in Consumer [...]
FCC Workshop on National Broadband Plan: Review and Discussion of Broadband Deployment Research, Testimony - NBP Public Notice #16

FCC Workshop on National Broadband Plan: Review and Discussion of Broadband Deployment Research, Testimony - NBP Public Notice #16

Three Areas to Discuss: Econometric and data issues; Global broadband rankings; Natural experiments in U.S. broadband. Global Broadband Race. Table 1. Broadband Subscriptions per 100 Households (1st Quarter 2009). Three Broadband Regimes: Period; Cable Modems; Telecoms/DSL. Download Testimony Prepared for NBP #16 [NBP_PublicNotice16_Dec10Wor[...]
TOTM Symposium on Interchange Fees and Credit Card Markets

TOTM Symposium on Interchange Fees and Credit Card Markets

Truth on the Market (TOTM) Symposium on Interchange Fees and Credit Card Markets, Dec. 8-9, 2009.[...]
Video Coverage of Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebration of the Research of Ronald Coase

Video Coverage of Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebration of the Research of Ronald Coase

Video Coverage of Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebration of the Research of Ronald Coase: http://mindonline.uchicago.edu/media/law/coase_120409_panel1_512K.mov Friday Panel 1: Moderator: Lee Benham, Washington University, St. Louis; The Effect of Allowance Allocation on Cap-and-Trade System Performance, Robert Hahn, Smith School,[...]
Regulatory Institutions and Economic Performance: Wireless Communications in Middle-Income Developing Nations

Regulatory Institutions and Economic Performance: Wireless Communications in Middle-Income Developing Nations

Coase Conference: Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebration of the Research of Ronald Coase, University of Chicago Law School.  Roger Noll, Professor of Economics Emeritus at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Wireless Success Story: Over 4 billion wireless subscribers wo[...]
Articles from Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebration of the Research of Ronald Coase

Articles from Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebration of the Research of Ronald Coase

The Information Economy Project is proud to present articles that will be published in a special joint issue of the Journal of Law & Economics and Journal of Legal Studies, from the Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebration of the Research of Ronald Coase held on December 4-5, 2009: Conference Articles: Friday Sessions "The Ef[...]
Conference: Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebration of the Research of Ronald Coase

Conference: Markets, Firms and Property Rights: A Celebration of the Research of Ronald Coase

Friday, December 4 to Saturday, December 5, 2009 University of Chicago Law School Auditorium This Conference brings together a group of scholars to honor the life and research of Ronald Coase. 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Coase’s seminal paper on the Federal Communications Commission. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary[...]
Mercatus Center, Coase's FCC at 50, McDowell, Hazlett, Kwerel, Williams, Eisenach

Mercatus Center, Coase's FCC at 50, McDowell, Hazlett, Kwerel, Williams, Eisenach

Oct. 29, 2009, 9 am to 12 pm Coase's FCC at 50, Mercatus Center (Oct. 29, 2009, 9 am to 12 pm) (McDowell, Hazlett, Kwerel, Williams, Eisenach). [...]
TOTM Merger Guidelines Blog Symposium (Oct. 26-27, 2009)

TOTM Merger Guidelines Blog Symposium (Oct. 26-27, 2009)

Truth on the Market (TOTM) Merger Guidelines Blog Symposium (Oct. 26-27, 2009).[...]
Multimedia from Tragedies of the Gridlock Economy: How Mis-Configuring Property Rights Stymies Social Efficiency

Multimedia from Tragedies of the Gridlock Economy: How Mis-Configuring Property Rights Stymies Social Efficiency

  Video Courtesy of SurprisinglyFree.Com (Jerry Brito, Mercatus Center) Video: The Debate Over the "Gridlock Economy," Michael Heller and Richard Epstein[...]
Conference: Tragedies of the Gridlock Economy: How Mis-Configuring Property Rights Stymies Social Efficiency

Conference: Tragedies of the Gridlock Economy: How Mis-Configuring Property Rights Stymies Social Efficiency

An Information Economy Project Conference Friday, October 2, 2009, Arlington, Virginia This event will explore a paradox that broadly affects the Information Economy. Property rights are essential to avoid a tragedy of the commons; defined properly, such institutions yield productive incentives for creation, conservation, discovery and cooperatio[...]
2nd Annual Searle Center Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy Conference at Northwestern University School of Law (Sept. 25-26, 2009)

2nd Annual Searle Center Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy Conference at Northwestern University School of Law (Sept. 25-26, 2009)

2nd Annual Searle Center Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy Conference at Northwestern University School of Law (Sept. 25-26, 2009).[...]
Economic Science Institute Lecture, Chapman University (Sept. 18, 2009)

Economic Science Institute Lecture, Chapman University (Sept. 18, 2009)

Economic Science Institute Lecture, Chapman University (Sept. 18, 2009).[...]
Articles from The Genesis of Unlicensed Wireless Policy: How Spread Spectrum Devices Won Access to License-Exempt Bandwidth

Articles from The Genesis of Unlicensed Wireless Policy: How Spread Spectrum Devices Won Access to License-Exempt Bandwidth

The Information Economy Project is proud to present articles that have been published in INFO, Special Issue August 2009, INFO Volume 11, Issue 5 from the Genesis of Unlicensed Wireless Policy: How Spread Spectrum Devices Won Access to License-Exempt Bandwidth Conference held on April 4, 2008:   Unlicensed Wireless Policy Conference: Guest[...]
Online Markets vs. Traditional Markets, 3rd Annual Conference on the Law and Economics of Innovation (May 7, 2009)

Online Markets vs. Traditional Markets, 3rd Annual Conference on the Law and Economics of Innovation (May 7, 2009)

Online Markets vs. Traditional Markets, 3rd Annual Conference on the Law and Economics of Innovation (May 7, 2009).[...]
Emerging Wireless Technologies and Enabling Spectrum Policy, Georgetown CBPP (Apr. 17, 2009)

Emerging Wireless Technologies and Enabling Spectrum Policy, Georgetown CBPP (Apr. 17, 2009)

Wireless Technologies, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy Friday, April 17, 2009 The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor For more information visit http://cbpp.georgetown.edu/70326.html Panel Presentation: Emerging Wireless Technologies and Enabling Spectrum Policy Moderator, Evan Kwerel, FCC Scot[...]
Debate on Spectrum Allocation, Catholic University CommLaw Conspectus Symposium: Interference: Wireless Innovation, Public Interest, Regulatory Response (Feb. 26, 2009)

Debate on Spectrum Allocation, Catholic University CommLaw Conspectus Symposium: Interference: Wireless Innovation, Public Interest, Regulatory Response (Feb. 26, 2009)

2009 Catholic University CommLaw Conspectus Symposium Interference: Wireless Innovation, Public Interest, Regulatory Response Thursday, February 26, 2009 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. This symposium poses the question: What is the appropriate regulatory response to increasing innovation in the provision of wireless service and development of wireless [...]
David Clark: The Internet Today and Tomorrow: Social Implications of Evolving Technology

David Clark: The Internet Today and Tomorrow: Social Implications of Evolving Technology

A Lecture by David Clark, Senior Research Scientist MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 4 p.m.  Room 121 The Internet is now sufficiently embedded in society that it is regularly triggering social, economic and regulatory issues. The hot topics of today are network neutrality, network managem[...]
EconTalk, Podcast with Russ Roberts and Thomas W. Hazlett, Library of Economics and Liberty

EconTalk, Podcast with Russ Roberts and Thomas W. Hazlett, Library of Economics and Liberty

November 24, 2008  http://www.econtalk.org/archives.html Thomas Hazlett of George Mason University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a number of key issues in telecommunications and telecommunication policy including net neutrality, FCC policy, and the state of antitrust. Hazlett argues for an emergent, Hayekian approach to policy toward [...]
EconTalk with Russ Roberts, Podcast: Hazlett on Telecommunications

EconTalk with Russ Roberts, Podcast: Hazlett on Telecommunications

Russ Roberts hosts EconTalk with an interview of Thomas Hazlett on November 24, 2008 for the Library of Economics and Liberty.  "Hazlett argues for an emergent, Hayekian approach to policy toward the internet rather than trying to design it from the top down and for an increased use of exchangeable property rights in allocating spectrum." Download [...]
William Webb: Spectrum Reform: A U.K. Regulator's Perspective

William Webb: Spectrum Reform: A U.K. Regulator's Perspective

A Lecture by William Webb, Head of Research and Development and Senior Technologist, OFCOM, the telecommunications regulator in the United Kingdom Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 4 p.m. Room 121 William Webb, Head of Research and Development and Senior Technologist, OFCOM, the telecommunications regulator in the United Kingdom, delivered an ins[...]
25th Anniversary International Summit on Media & Communication, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI)

25th Anniversary International Summit on Media & Communication, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI)

Professor Thomas Hazlett presented on October 31, 2008 a discussion, Can Wireless Infrastructure Keep Up In Ultra Broadband? Gigabits vs. Megahertz at the 25th Anniversary International Summit on Media & Communication, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) at Columbia University Business School, New York, New York. Agenda of the Ev[...]
Optimal Spectrum Allocation, CIDE, Mexico City

Optimal Spectrum Allocation, CIDE, Mexico City

Presentation at CIDE, Mexico City.  Mobile nets are immensely productive; no other wireless application close; opportunity cost of liberal licenses ~ $0; spectrum for liberal licenses highly valuable; more competition; more capacity (with or without extra nets); consumer gains swamp auction revenues; restricting spectrum a welfare loser; delays, re[...]
"Baltimore's WiMax Adventure," Kojo Nnamdi Show, with Thomas W. Hazlett, WAMU 88.5 FM

"Baltimore's WiMax Adventure," Kojo Nnamdi Show, with Thomas W. Hazlett, WAMU 88.5 FM

Baltimore has officially flipped the switch on a public high-speed Internet project based on WiMax technology -- a wireless framework some people describe as Wi-Fi's "big sister." This makes the Charm City the first in the country to offer commercial WiMax service. We explore what this means for consumers in Baltimore and whether it will set any na[...]
Mini-Conference: The Gore Commission, 10 Years Later: The Public Interest Obligations of Digital TV Broadcasters in Perfect Hindsight

Mini-Conference: The Gore Commission, 10 Years Later: The Public Interest Obligations of Digital TV Broadcasters in Perfect Hindsight

A Mini-Conference • Friday, October 3, 2008, 8:30 AM National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC On December 18, 1998, the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters, commonly referred to as the “Gore Commission,” released its final report, recommending: Disclosure of “publi[...]
Conference: Consensus FCC Reforms and the Communications Agenda for the Next Administration

Conference: Consensus FCC Reforms and the Communications Agenda for the Next Administration

A Mini-Conference • Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 8:30 a.m. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC Despite controversies swirling over issues such as Network Neutrality, media ownership and universal service, some policy observers believe that a range of reforms may attract bi-partisan consensus.  These opportunities ma[...]
Articles from the Merger Analysis in High Technology Markets Conference

Articles from the Merger Analysis in High Technology Markets Conference

The Information Economy Project is proud to present articles that have been published in the Journal of Competition Law & Economics from the Merger Analysis in High Technology Markets Conference held on February 2, 2008: Technological Change and Merger Policy's Third Era, by Howard Shelanski (Feb. 1 2008). Excerpt: Changes in Merger Policy O[...]
Hearings on the State of Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Testimony of Thomas W. Hazlett

Hearings on the State of Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Testimony of Thomas W. Hazlett

For a policy that is now, by federal statute, well over 100 years old, antitrust is surprisingly unsettled. It is not publicly controversial; there is no great groundswell to, say, amend the Sherman Act. It would awake many thousands of journalists were a presidential debate to feature an inquiry as to the candidate’s view of the Herfindahl Index a[...]
The Future Of Municipal Broadband, The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Future Of Municipal Broadband, The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Future Of Municipal Broadband | The Kojo Nnamdi Show Jul 15, 2008 ... Thomas W. Hazlett. Professor, George Mason University. Joanne Hovis. President, Columbia Telecommunication Corporation. Login or register ... thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2008.../future-municipal-broadband with Vivek Kundra, Jim Baller, Thomas W. Hazlett, and Joanne Hov[...]
Public Hearing on Early Termination Fees (in mobile service contracts), Federal Communications Commission, Testimony of Thomas W. Hazlett

Public Hearing on Early Termination Fees (in mobile service contracts), Federal Communications Commission, Testimony of Thomas W. Hazlett

12 June, 2008 1. The issue of early termination fees, or ETFs, found in many mobile service contracts, is sometimes framed as an opportunity for pro-consumer regulation.  If ETFs are reduced, all else equal, customers will gain greater control over their mobile service choices and competitive forces will increase.  Critically, however, all else is [...]
Conference: The Genesis of Unlicensed Wireless Policy: How Spread Spectrum Devices Won Access to License-Exempt Bandwidth

Conference: The Genesis of Unlicensed Wireless Policy: How Spread Spectrum Devices Won Access to License-Exempt Bandwidth

A Conference Hosted by the Information Economy Project Friday, April 4, 2008, Arlington, Virginia Unlicensed wireless devices, from Wi-Fi routers to baby monitors to cordless phones, are in common use today. But the technologies they deploy were largely illegal until significant reforms were enacted in the mid-1980s. Starting in the United States[...]
Andrew Odlyzko: Technology Manias: Comparing the 1999 Internet Bubble with the 1840s Railroad Mania

Andrew Odlyzko: Technology Manias: Comparing the 1999 Internet Bubble with the 1840s Railroad Mania

A Lecture by Andrew Odlyzko, Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Digital Technology Center and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute at the University of Minnesota Big Ideas About Information Lecture Series Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 4 p.m., Room 120 Reception to Follow "Internet traffic is doubling every three months,” wrote Busi[...]
Conference: Merger Analysis in High Technology Markets

Conference: Merger Analysis in High Technology Markets

A Conference of the Information Economy Project Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, Arlington, Virginia The IEP conference on high tech mergers focused on how to evaluate antitrust issues in dynamic markets, where product boundaries and competitive rivalries are characterized more by tumult than by stability. Plenary speakers presented a rich array of analysis[...]
Dennis Patrick: Abolishing the Fairness Doctrine, A Policy Maker's Perspective

Dennis Patrick: Abolishing the Fairness Doctrine, A Policy Maker's Perspective

A Lecture by Dennis Patrick, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, 1987-89 Wed., July 18, 2007 @ 9:15– 10:30am First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW * Washington, DC Introduction by Dean Dan Polsby, George Mason University School of Law On August 4, 1987, F.C.C. Chairman Dennis Patrick led the Commission to abolis[...]
Conference: Smart Radio: Smart Markets and Policies

Conference: Smart Radio: Smart Markets and Policies

A Conference Co-Sponsored by CITI Columbia University Friday, April 6, 2007, 9:00am-5:00pm Westin Hotel, 801 N. Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22203 "Smart radio" (cognitive, adaptive, and software defined radio) offers the promise of greatly alleviating spectrum scarcity and increasing the diversity of users and applications. Radios that can locate u[...]
Articles from The Crisis in Public Safety Communications Conference

Articles from The Crisis in Public Safety Communications Conference

The Information Economy Project is proud to present articles that have been published in the Federal Communications Law Journal, March 2007 from the Crisis in Public Safety Communications conference held on December 8, 2006:   Sending Out an S.O.S.: Public Safety Communications Interoperability as a Collective Action Problem, by Jerry Brit[...]
Martin Cooper: Personal Communications and Spectrum Policy for the 21st Century

Martin Cooper: Personal Communications and Spectrum Policy for the 21st Century

A Lecture by Martin Cooper, CEO, Arraycomm & “Father of the Cellphone” Big Ideas About Information Lecture Series Wednesday, February 21, 2007 * 4:00-5:30 pm The Big Ideas About Information lecture series, featuring world-class thinkers addressing key questions about markets, public policy, and information technology, continued with an[...]
Conference: The Crisis in Public Safety Communications

Conference: The Crisis in Public Safety Communications

A Conference of the Information Economy Project December 8, 2006, Arlington, Virginia Exactly five years to the day before the September 11, 2001 attacks, the FCC issued a report warning that a lack of interoperability among public safety emergency communications systems was preventing emergency personnel from protecting life and property. "Res[...]
Mini-Conference: Innovation, Technology, and Spectrum Policy

Mini-Conference: Innovation, Technology, and Spectrum Policy

A Mini-Conference by the Information Economy Project Tuesday, November 14, 2006 The 21st Century is emerging as the Wireless Era.  With over 2.5 billion cellular subscribers, global markets and national economies are being reshaped by innovative mobile services.  The advent of wireless broadband now promises further advances.  Yet, radio spectrum[...]
Brian Lamb: C-SPAN Present at the Revolution

Brian Lamb: C-SPAN Present at the Revolution

A Big Ideas About Information Lecture by Brian Lamb, Founder and CEO, C-SPAN Wed., Oct. 4, 2006, 4:00-5:30 pm (reception following) George Mason University School of Law, Room 120 This lecture series, featuring world-class thinkers addressing key questions about markets, public policy, and information technology, continues with an address by an [...]
Abstracts from Lessons from the Telecom Wars

Abstracts from Lessons from the Telecom Wars

Presentations from the Mini-Conference Lessons from the Telecom Wars, September 28, 2006 are summarized below: “Stepping Stones or Stumbling Blocks? – Mandatory Network Sharing in Telecom".  Lessons from the Telecom Wars (Mini-Conference September 28, 2006). Robert Crandall, Brookings Institution. From “Opening the Monopoly Bottleneck” to the “S[...]
Mini-Conference: Lessons from the Telecom Wars

Mini-Conference: Lessons from the Telecom Wars

A Mini-Conference by the Information Economy Project Sept. 28, 2006, Arlington, Virginia The policies introduced by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 have already witnessed generational turnover.  Through 2004, policy makers struggled to craft network sharing mandates, giving local phone market entrants the 'stepping stones' needed to compete.  [...]
Vernon Smith, David Porter: FCC License Auctions: Lessons from a Tumultuous Twelve Years, A Conversation with Vernon Smith and David Porter

Vernon Smith, David Porter: FCC License Auctions: Lessons from a Tumultuous Twelve Years, A Conversation with Vernon Smith and David Porter

A Lecture by Vernon Smith, David Porter Tuesday, May 2, 2006, Arlington, Virginia George Mason University School of Law, Room 120 4 PM Reception to Follow The Information Economy Project is delighted to launch its speakers’ series, “Big Ideas about Information,” on Tuesday, May 2. This series, featuring world-class thinkers addressing key quest[...]
Economists' Statement on U.S. Broadband Policy, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, Working Paper 06-06-01

Economists' Statement on U.S. Broadband Policy, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, Working Paper 06-06-01

Economists’ Statement on U.S. Broadband Policy: Broadband, or high-speed access to the Internet, has generated significant economic benefits. Certain regulations, however, are slowing investment and deterring entry into the broadband market. In this statement, we make the following two recommendations that would remedy these regulatory defects and [...]