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The net neutrality farce: From the start, the concept has been based on a flawed foundation

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 a[...]
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Is Net Neutrality Necessary to Keep the Internet Free?

Thomas Hazlett of Clemson University debates Ryan Cough of Public Knowledge on whether broadband networks should be regulated by common carrier rules. Federal policy makers have been going back and forth on the issue for over a decade. Who's right? You be the judge.[...]
The Wall Street Journal: How Politics Stalls Wireless Innovation

The Wall Street Journal: How Politics Stalls Wireless Innovation

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, [...]
Thomas Hazlett, Sinclair and 'Big Media': The Outrage that Caused the Outrage, The Hill

Thomas Hazlett, Sinclair and 'Big Media': The Outrage that Caused the Outrage, The Hill

Sinclair and 'Big Media': The outrage that caused the outrage BY THOMAS W. HAZLETT, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR - 08/07/17 01:50 PM EDT A bitter controversy has engulfed Washington over the “UHF Discount.”  But it is sound and fury over what are zombie rules governing phantom markets. There are deep reasons to question TV regulations, which pr[...]
Wall Street Journal review of "The Political Spectrum."

Wall Street Journal review of "The Political Spectrum."

    Unlocking the Airwaves In regulating radio, the FCC enacted rules nominally in the public interest, but which actually enriched specific interest groups. Gregory L. Rosston reviews ‘The Political Spectrum’ by Thomas Winslow Hazlett. Gregory L. Rosston July 16, 2017 3:15 p.m. ET Americans enjoy u[...]
FCC and the Internet: In Search of Bandwidth

FCC and the Internet: In Search of Bandwidth

Regulators are trying to create a more flexible, competitive model for allocation of bandwidth for mobile data. By THOMAS W. HAZLETT July 8, 2017 12:34 a.m. ET The Radio Act of 1927, the brainchild of then-Secretary of Commerce Herbert C. Hoover, created a regulatory regime for carefully parceling o[...]
Huffington Post review of "The Political Spectrum."

Huffington Post review of "The Political Spectrum."

    William Echikson, Contributor Political Spectrum 07/04/2017 08:40 am ET Updated Jul 04, 2017 Few issues could seem more dry and technical than how to divide up radio spectrum, the electromagnetic waves through which radio, television and telecommunication signals pass. But that impression would be mi[...]
Thank Goodness Apple's iPhone Violated 'Net Neutrality' in 2007

Thank Goodness Apple's iPhone Violated 'Net Neutrality' in 2007

      By Thomas Hazlett June 29, 2017 Ten years ago this week the Apple iPhone, described by Steve Jobs as a “revolutionary product” that “changes everything,” went on sale for the first time. A million flew off the shelves in just ten weeks and a decade later—with more than a billion sold worldwide—the iPhone has tr[...]
Washington Post on "a remarkable new book by Clemson University economist Thomas Hazlett."

Washington Post on "a remarkable new book by Clemson University economist Thomas Hazlett."

    By Larry Downes Broadband’s future is in the crosshairs of the FCC’s ‘political spectrum’ The Federal Communications Commission, once a sleepy regulatory backwater, has become a deeply political agency, governed less by the science of radio waves than by pressure from inside-the-Beltway groups. If nothing else, the decade-[...]
Thomas Hazlett: The Political Spectrum.  Interview on Radio Free Hillsdale

Thomas Hazlett: The Political Spectrum. Interview on Radio Free Hillsdale

    June 16, 2017 Listen to the interview here.[...]
Thomas Hazlett participated in a debate held by POLITICO in Washington DC

Thomas Hazlett participated in a debate held by POLITICO in Washington DC

Spectrum, Innovation and Infrastructure in the Trump Era – Thursday June 15, 2017   Watch the Video Facebook: POLITICO Live’s Facebook Page has pictures posted from the program. We will be adding additional photos to this album when we have the full photo inventory tomorrow morning. Twitter: The hashtag #POLITICOTech was a buzz on [...]
The Internet’s First Amendment: The New Fight For Net Neutrality

The Internet’s First Amendment: The New Fight For Net Neutrality

      Wednesday, May 31 2017 • 10 a.m. (ET) Some call it “the First Amendment of the internet”: keep all data flowing free, and fast. The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the Obama-era rules need to change so business isn’t harmed. The net neutrality rules prevented internet service providers from favori[...]
FCC “Incentive Auction” marks progress and pitfalls towards freeing wireless spectrum

FCC “Incentive Auction” marks progress and pitfalls towards freeing wireless spectrum

          Thomas W. Hazlett Wednesday, May 24, 2017 In February 2009 the Federal Communications Commission began to draft a National Broadband Plan (NBP). Published in March 2010, the study asked how policymakers might improve broadband in the U.S. The answer: use innovative market mechanisms to [...]
United Airlines' 'Re-Accommodation' Could Have So Easily Been Avoided

United Airlines' 'Re-Accommodation' Could Have So Easily Been Avoided

      By Thomas Hazlett May 23, 2017 United’s passenger “re-accommodation” debacle was so easy to avoid. An auction would discover which passengers would be eager to step aside.  United did dangle $800 in flight credits for seats, but that price was wrong. Bidding was curiously halted.  And then United decided to acq[...]
American History TV on C-SPAN:  Lecture by Prof. Thomas Hazlett on Radio Spectrum Regulation History

American History TV on C-SPAN: Lecture by Prof. Thomas Hazlett on Radio Spectrum Regulation History

    Radio Spectrum Regulation History Author Thomas Hazlett talked about his book, The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone. Following Mr. Hazlett’s remarks, a wireless policy specialist from Verizon and a technology policy representative from Facebook discus[...]
Experts discuss how to move federal radio spectrum to new technologies at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Experts discuss how to move federal radio spectrum to new technologies at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Wireless Opportunities: Improving Federal Radio Systems and Freeing Spectrum for New Uses May 17, 2017 Freeing up more spectrum for consumer and business use is one of the best levers to spur additional wireless innovation, and one of the largest opportunities in the quest to maximize the efficient use of spectrum is in upgrading legacy f[...]
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From FM to the Smartphone: The Evolution of Radio Media

May 10, 2017 in Radio, Technology Thomas Hazlett— The Age of Wireless has triggered excitement, disruption, and challenge. Debates rage on about the value of social media, how to deal with the threat of cyber hacking, and the regulation of emerging networks. But beneath it all lies a hardened policy structure that doles out radio spectrum [...]
A New Book Proves That In Wireless The Government Is Never There To Help

A New Book Proves That In Wireless The Government Is Never There To Help

  The book opens with a technology overview, tracing the history of radio and television broadcasting through key regulatory changepoints. We see a perfect example of Say’s Law, as the increased supply of spectrum capacity leads, over and over again, to the development of new hardware and software that grows demand for bandwidth to [...]
Brian Lamb Interviews Thomas Hazlett about "The Political Spectrum"

Brian Lamb Interviews Thomas Hazlett about "The Political Spectrum"

    (Yale 2017) Q&A with Thomas Hazlett Professor Thomas Hazlett talked about his book, The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone, about the history and politics of U.S. communications policy. Mr. Hazlett served as chief economist at the Federal Communic[...]
Herbert Hoover's Radio Malware Turns 90

Herbert Hoover's Radio Malware Turns 90

Herbert Hoover's Radio Malware Turns 90 The Radio Act of 1927 has enjoyed a nice, long life. It's past time for a retirement party. Thomas Winslow Hazlett | February 24, 2017 On February 23, 1927, Babe Ruth had still to hit 60 home runs in a season. Yet President Calvin Coolidge would that day sign a bill that would establish how radio spe[...]
Herbert Hoover's Radio Malware Turns 90

Herbert Hoover's Radio Malware Turns 90

The Radio Act of 1927 has enjoyed a nice, long life. It's past time for a retirement party. Thomas W. Hazlett | February 24, 2017 On February 23, 1927, Babe Ruth had still to hit 60 home runs in a season. Yet President Calvin Coolidge would that day sign a bill that would establish how radio spectrum—the "economic oxygen" of the emerging in[...]
THE PRICE OF FREEDOM: HOW TO CHARGE FOR SPECTRUM AS WIFI AND CELLULAR COLLIDE

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM: HOW TO CHARGE FOR SPECTRUM AS WIFI AND CELLULAR COLLIDE

CTN Issue: December 2016 Thomas Hazlett & Michael Honig, The Price of Freedom:  How to Charge for Spectrum as WiFi and Cellular Collide IEEE ComSoc Technology News (Dec. 2016) Alan Gatherer, Editor in Chief, ComSoc Technology News This month we introduce a very apropos article that is not only a follow up to our October spectrum alloc[...]
Obama's misguided plan to connect schools to the Internet

Obama's misguided plan to connect schools to the Internet

My new research shows that more Internet access funding doesn't help students. And almost all U.S. schools are already online. By Thomas Hazlett 08/23/16 09:27 AM EDT Even during times of political gridlock, connecting schools to the Internet has always received bipartisan support. Politicians ranging from Bill Clinton to Newt Gingrich h[...]
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The Battle Over Net Neutrality Started With the 1920s-Era 'Hush-A-Phone'

How an early telephone silencer took on AT&T. By Lauren Young via Atlas Obscura It's not unusual today to overhear strangers' intimate phone conversations while commuting to work on public transit, or when relaxing in a park. Wireless telephone devices also give us the luxury of seeking out a quiet space where no one can lis[...]
Time for the Supremes to Decide 'Net Neutrality'

Time for the Supremes to Decide 'Net Neutrality'

Time for the Supremes to Decide 'Net Neutrality' By Thomas Hazlett & Joshua Wright The FCC's dramatic 2015 pivot on Internet regulation sought to envelope advanced broadband networks in the shroud of telephone company rules rolled out in the Mann Elkins Act of 1910. These historic common carriage "Title II" regulations - originally the pr[...]
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Important decision on Net Neutrality

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has released its important decision on Net Neutrality rules adopted by the FCC.  The case, USTA v. FCC, features multiple citations to the academic work of Professor Thomas Hazlett.  See the June 14, 2016 opinion here.[...]
The Hill: Patients dying because of FDA inflexibility

The Hill: Patients dying because of FDA inflexibility

Patients dying because of FDA inflexibility By Thomas W. Hazlett - 05/25/16 05:08 PM EDT via The Hill   On May 26, the Food and Drug Administration will decide whether to approve eteplirsen, a therapy for Duchenne multiple dystrophy (DMD), on a fast-track basis. The drug, made by Sarepta Therapeutics, is the first for this br[...]
When the government mistrusts markets: Tribune Publishing's blocked bid for the O.C. Register

When the government mistrusts markets: Tribune Publishing's blocked bid for the O.C. Register

  via Chicago Tribune When we at the Tribune have a conflict of interest, you as our readers should know about it. Today we confess not only a conflict, but a long-standing bias: First, our corporate parent, Tribune Publishing, is a player in the news story that prompts us to once again scratch a chronic itch. Second, through its 169 yea[...]
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[...]
Data-Driven Modernization of E-rate for Wi-Fi in Schools

Data-Driven Modernization of E-rate for Wi-Fi in Schools

By: Sarah Oh Around the time of the modernization order of the E-rate program in 2014, I published an empirical study[1] on distribution effects of program rules between 1998 and 2012.  I found that the old rules, particularly the discount rate matrix, had distribution effects that perhaps needed reform.  Since the Universal Service Administrati[...]
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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What principles of governance does spectrum policy need?

What lessons can be learned for spectrum policy from the management of other natural resources? Here, an expert on resource management says good governance depends on a transparent, rules-based approach that will minimise regulatory uncertainty. This stability is key to encouraging the necessary investment in networks. Read the full research her[...]
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Lightsquared, LTE-U and the revenge of the 'anti-commons'

September 25, 2015 By Scott Wallsten, contributor Many have feared that unlicensed spectrum would suffer from a "tragedy of the commons," in which the spectrum becomes congested as more users dive in without regard to their effects on other users. Engineers and others have worked hard to prevent that outcome. But what was not anticipated was[...]
Hazlett in TIME: How to Neuter the Net Revolution

Hazlett in TIME: How to Neuter the Net Revolution

The Internet can't innovate living under the rules of a 1970s telephone company. “The Internet revolution has ended just as surprisingly as it began,” writes Professor Lawrence Lessig. “None expected the explosion of creativity that the network produced; few expected that explosion to collapse as quickly and profoundly as it has.”  This dirge ca[...]
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Cable Providers Win Even in an a La Carte World

By Scott Berinato October 22, 2014   When HBO and CBS announced that they’re going to go over the top (OTT),offering their programming to internet users who don’t have cable subscriptions,the news was greeted in some quarters as the beginning of the end of cable TV. Thomas Hazlett, a George Mason University economist and author who ha[...]
Hazlett Participates in FCC's Open Internet Roundtable

Hazlett Participates in FCC's Open Internet Roundtable

MULTICHANNEL NEWS Wheeler: Net May Be at Regulatory Inflection Point Asks Whether 'Terminating Monopolies' Hold Key To Letting Startups Scale Up 10/02/2014 By John Eggerton FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has at least raised the possibility that the Internet economy is at an "inflection point" at which the government needs to step in to insure[...]
Hazlett on The Rationality of U.S. Regulation of the Broadcast Spectrum in the 1934 Communications Act

Hazlett on The Rationality of U.S. Regulation of the Broadcast Spectrum in the 1934 Communications Act

On the 80th anniversary of the Communications Act, the November 2014 issue of The Review of Industrial Organization looks back at the landmark legislation and ahead to the future of broadcast regulation. The journal features an article by Thomas W. Hazlett, "The Rationality of U.S. Regulation of the Broadcast Spectrum in the 1934 Communications Act[...]
Hazlett Interviewed for Virginia Business Article on "Open Internet"

Hazlett Interviewed for Virginia Business Article on "Open Internet"

     Thomas Hazlett was interviewed by Virginia Business Magazine in an article by Richard Foster analyzing the Netflix/Comcast deal and the ramifications for the so called "open internet."  Critics have said the the deal will lead to an end to the era of open internet and will lead to higher costs for consumers as well as discrimination between [...]
Thomas Hazlett Cited in Daily Beast Article on Net Neutrality

Thomas Hazlett Cited in Daily Beast Article on Net Neutrality

The Daily Beast's Nick Gillespie wrote an article entitled "The FCC Must Ignore the Silly ‘Net Neutrality’ Advocates." In it, Gillespie explains why the dire consequences predicted by net neutrality proponents are exaggerations. The article contains several quotes from Dr. Hazlett's papers and interviews, both about the FCC's ability to regulate ge[...]
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[...]
Skorup Op-Ed on Net Neutrality Appears in Real Clear Markets

Skorup Op-Ed on Net Neutrality Appears in Real Clear Markets

IEP Scholar Brent Skorup penned an op-ed on the net neutrality debate. In it, he examines the origins of net neutrality, specifically the first violator of the FCC's net neutrality rules. The FCC forced a small wireless carrier to abandon their two tier pricing scheme that was offered to their customers as a means to offer a more basic service for [...]
Thomas Hazlett Interviewed for an Article on Spectrum Auctions in Econ Focus Magazine

Thomas Hazlett Interviewed for an Article on Spectrum Auctions in Econ Focus Magazine

Econ Focus, the economics magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, wrote an article on the state of the FCC's spectrum auction process.  In it, Thomas Hazlett is quoted detailing the difficulties the FCC has encountered in facilitating the auction due to the rigid nature of spectrum rights under the current system.  He concludes that the F[...]
Joshua Wright thinks the FTC should not be designing your iPad

Joshua Wright thinks the FTC should not be designing your iPad

Former IEP Senior Fellow Joshua Wright, currently a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, gave a strong dissent to an FTC settlement with Apple Inc. The Wall Street Journal ran an article describing Wright's objections to the settlement. As stated in the article: In his dissent Mr. Wright, an expert in law and economics formerly with Geo[...]
Research by IEP Scholars Being Used in Thailand Spectrum Auction Debate

Research by IEP Scholars Being Used in Thailand Spectrum Auction Debate

Research by IEP scholars Thomas Hazlett, Roberto Munoz and Diego Avanzini is now central to the debate over spectrum allocation in Thailand. A dissenting regulator, objecting to delays in the auction of 3G licenses, has used this research to estimate social losses from lack of spectrum availability. Incredibly, she is now being sued for libel by h[...]
IEP Broadcast Television Conference Covered by News Outlets

IEP Broadcast Television Conference Covered by News Outlets

IEP held a successful conference on the state of broadcast television called "Daddy, What's a Broadcast Television Network?" The keynote address was given by Preston Padden, former FOX and ABC executive, and current executive director of the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition. The speech was covered by several media sources, includi[...]
Hazlett Discusses E-rate on TPI Panel

Hazlett Discusses E-rate on TPI Panel

IEP Director Prof. Thomas Hazlett recently sat on a panel sponsored by the Technology Policy Institute to discuss the future of FCC regulation. He and his co-panelist, Sharon Gillette of Microsoft, disagreed over the efficacy of the FCC's E-rate program in wiring schools for broadband: A former FCC bureau chief who now works for Microsoft Co[...]
The Verge: Thomas Hazlett Quoted in Coase Piece

The Verge: Thomas Hazlett Quoted in Coase Piece

Many publications have written about Ronald Coase's influence on economics and radio spectrum policy following the recent news of Coase's passing at 102. The Verge described Ronald Coase's contributions to the development of spectrum auctions and quoted IEP's Thomas Hazlett in the piece: Coase's suggestion [for spectrum auctions] ... was initially[...]
Wright on Uber and New Business Models in the Online World

Wright on Uber and New Business Models in the Online World

FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright, formerly a senior fellow at IEP, recently published an op-ed in the Washington Post about the role of competition in bringing about consumer benefits. In particular, Wright highlights the innovative business models the Internet enables in the taxi market: A wave of creative destruction is now crashing down upo[...]
Ronald Coase, the 'father' of the spectrum auction, dies at 102

Ronald Coase, the 'father' of the spectrum auction, dies at 102

  by Dieter Bohn@backlon Sep 3, 2013, 8:46pm EDT The New York Times reports that Ronald Coase has died at the age of 102. Though you may never have heard of the Nobel Memorial Prize winning economist, his theories in the mid 20th century have a significant impact on your everyday life — assuming you're using a cellular pho[...]
Hazlett and Wallsten Paper on USF Waste Covered by Marketwatch, Computerworld

Hazlett and Wallsten Paper on USF Waste Covered by Marketwatch, Computerworld

A recent paper by IEP Director Dr. Thomas Hazlett and Scott Wallsten, senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute, has been covered by the Wall Street Journal's "Marketwatch" and the online news-magazine Computerworld. The paper, "Unrepentant Policy Failure: Universal Service Subsidies in Voice & Broadband," describes how the FCC's Univers[...]
Skorup and Thierer's Research on Cronyism Cited by Washington Post, SFChronicle, Businessweek, and The Daily Caller

Skorup and Thierer's Research on Cronyism Cited by Washington Post, SFChronicle, Businessweek, and The Daily Caller

A recent working paper recently released by the IEP's Brent Skorup and the Mercatus Center's Adam Thierer has generated considerable media attention.The Washington Post's "Wonkblog," the Daily Caller, the San Francisco Chronicle and the weekly newsmagazine Businessweek have all cited Skorup and Thierer's paper, "A History of Cronyism and Capture in[...]
Skorup and Thierer Op-ed on Cronyism Published by US News and World Report

Skorup and Thierer Op-ed on Cronyism Published by US News and World Report

IEP's Brent Skorup, along with co-author Adam Thierer of the Mercatus Center, published an op-ed in US News and World Report, detailing the threats posed by increased cronyism in the IT sector. The op-ed, featured in the Economic Intelligence Blog, details specific harms caused by cronyism while also posing solutions designed to alleviate this issu[...]
Skorup Op-ed on Spectrum Crisis Appears in The Hill

Skorup Op-ed on Spectrum Crisis Appears in The Hill

IEP's Brent Skorup recently had an op-ed piece published by the leading political newspaper The Hill. In the op-ed, entitled "The Spectrum Crisis is Upon Us," Skorup identifies the excessive allocation of spectrum to federal government agencies, where such spectrum has been not used efficiently, as contributing to the current "spectrum crunch." Sko[...]
Skorup Discusses Spectrum Issues in Heartland Institute Podcast

Skorup Discusses Spectrum Issues in Heartland Institute Podcast

The IEP's Brent Skorup recently sat down with the Heartland Institute's Jim Lakely to discuss the diminishing availability of spectrum in mobile broadband networks. Skorup recently published a paper on the topic in which he argues that the federal government must sell spectrum to private mobile broadband providers in order to alleviate the "spectru[...]
Hazlett and Sohn Debate Net Neutrality in the Wall Street Journal

Hazlett and Sohn Debate Net Neutrality in the Wall Street Journal

In this week's Wall Street Journal, IEP Director Thomas Hazlett argues that "network neutrality" regulation not only distorts markets but undermines the demonstrated success of business model competition between Internet service providers. Gigi Sohn, of Public Knowledge, takes the opposite view, arguing -- with the Federal Communications Commission[...]
Thomas Hazlett on Plan B for the Incentive Auctions

Thomas Hazlett on Plan B for the Incentive Auctions

TV News Check published an article about the FCC's alternative plans should the highly-anticipated incentive auctions fail to clear enough TV broadcasters from the spectrum to make room for wireless communications. In the piece, IEP Director Thomas Hazlett and Blair Levin discuss the so-called "overlay auction" as an obvious Plan B: “The pro[...]
News Mentions of IEP's Broadband Conference

News Mentions of IEP's Broadband Conference

There were several journalists and reporters from the telecom trade press in attendance at IEP's April 19 broadband conference, many drawn by the keynote address from FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright. Erica Teichert from Law360 covered Commissioner Wright's speech on net neutrality: “I think the net neutrality order is strikingly poor policy w[...]
Thomas Hazlett on American University Radio

Thomas Hazlett on American University Radio

On April 16 IEP Director Thomas Hazlett was invited to a discussion on American University Radio's Kojo Nnamdi Show about the Google Fiber project in Kansas City and broadband competition. Other guests in the segment were Joanne Hovis (Columbia Telecommunications Corporation and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors), Cou[...]
IEP Senior Fellow Joshua Wright Confirmed as FTC Commissioner

IEP Senior Fellow Joshua Wright Confirmed as FTC Commissioner

Days ago the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Professor Joshua Wright, an Information Economy Project Senior Fellow, as commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. As reported at The Hill's Hillicon Valley and other news sources, Professor Wright's confirmation took place after the holidays on January 1 after a months-long vetting by the Senate[...]
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[...]
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 [...]
Kat Walsh, Voted Chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

Kat Walsh, Voted Chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

Information Economy Project friend and GMU Law alum, Kat Walsh, was nominated and voted as Chairman of the 2012-13 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.  The press release states:  "This year, Kat Walsh was appointed Chair of the Board, Jan-Bart de Vreede was re-appointed Vice-chair, Stuart West was re-appointed as Board Treasurer and Bishakha Da[...]
Wall Street Journal: Thomas Hazlett: The iPhone Turns Five

Wall Street Journal: Thomas Hazlett: The iPhone Turns Five

Forget the shouting about 'open' or 'closed' systems. The magic is in the dynamics of platform competition. On June 29, 2007, thousands of fan-boys and -girls camped in long lines to inhale a wisp of sweet techno fairy dust. The new iPhone rocked the world. Revolutionary in design, function and ecosystem, it set off the mobile data tsunami. In thre[...]
Wall Street Journal: Matt Ridley on How Facebook Captured Capitalist 'Kumbaya'

Wall Street Journal: Matt Ridley on How Facebook Captured Capitalist 'Kumbaya'

Matt Ridley.  Commerce seems alive online. Can the traditional Internet assets of free sharing survive as well?  Human beings love sharing. We swap, collaborate, care, support, donate, volunteer and generally work for each other. We tend to admire sharing when it's done for free but frown upon it—or consider it a necessary evil—when it's done for p[...]
Hedy's Folly: Research on Spread Spectrum, Michael Marcus

Hedy's Folly: Research on Spread Spectrum, Michael Marcus

Richard Rhodes's Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, describes the invention of spread-spectrum radio by "legendary film siren Hedy Lamarr, [and] avant-garde composer George Antheil." The author cites an article by Michael Marcus presented at the Information Economy Project's [...]
Forbes: What Do The Titanic And Your Smartphone Have In Common?, Adam Thierer

Forbes: What Do The Titanic And Your Smartphone Have In Common?, Adam Thierer

By Adam Thierer, Forbes Contributor, What do the Titanic and your smartphone have in common? ... Thus, government ownership and control of spectrum exacerbates, rather than solves, the scarcity problem — a problem that still haunts us today.  Sadly, things didn’t need to turn out this way. As economist Thomas W. Hazlett pointed out in his important[...]
Barron's: Gravitational Shift in Wireless, Thomas Hazlett

Barron's: Gravitational Shift in Wireless, Thomas Hazlett

Competition in mobile phones has supplanted competition among networks.  In August 2011, Sprint Nextel jubilantly announced that it would offer the iPhone 4 on its network. This was supposed to be good news, for Apple lovers would surge onto Sprint's network and pay monthly fees for access. But Sprint's share price tanked 10% on the announcement.  [...]
Washington Post: We Are the Media, and So Are You, Jimmy Wales and Kat Walsh

Washington Post: We Are the Media, and So Are You, Jimmy Wales and Kat Walsh

Opinions, By Jimmy Wales and Kat Walsh, Published: February 9.  Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, and Kat Walsh are members of the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees.  It’s easy to frame the fight over SOPA and PIPA as Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley — two huge industries clashing over whose voice should dictate the future of Internet policy [...]
Washington Examiner: The FCC and Its 'Net Neutrality' Debacle, Thomas Hazlett

Washington Examiner: The FCC and Its 'Net Neutrality' Debacle, Thomas Hazlett

Thomas Hazlett is professor of law and economics at George Mason University, and author of the Encounter Broadsides No. 23 "The Fallacy of Net Neutrality" (2011), from which this was adapted.  http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/11/fcc-and-its-net-neutrality-debacle/41388    [...]
[Amazon] Thomas Hazlett, "The Fallacy of Net Neutrality"

[Amazon] Thomas Hazlett, "The Fallacy of Net Neutrality"

Book Description Publication Date: November 1, 2011 | Series: Encounter Broadsides (Book 23). “There is little dispute that the Internet should continue as an open platform,” notes the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Yet, in a curious twist of logic, the agency has moved to discontinue the legal regime successfully yielding that magnificent[...]
C-SPAN Book TV: George Mason University Interviews, Thomas Hazlett, "The Fallacy of Net Neutrality" [Amazon]

C-SPAN Book TV: George Mason University Interviews, Thomas Hazlett, "The Fallacy of Net Neutrality" [Amazon]

“There is little dispute that the Internet should continue as an open platform,” notes the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Yet, in a curious twist of logic, the agency has moved to discontinue the legal regime successfully yielding that magnificent platform. In late 2010, it imposed “network neutrality” regulations on broadband access provi[...]
Wall Street Journal: Google's 'Monopoly' Hex, Joshua Wright and Geoffrey Manne noted for paper "If Search Neutrality is the Answer, What's the Question?"

Wall Street Journal: Google's 'Monopoly' Hex, Joshua Wright and Geoffrey Manne noted for paper "If Search Neutrality is the Answer, What's the Question?"

L. Gordon Crovitz: Unlike regulators, few in Silicon Valley see the giant as an unstoppable force. Regulators abhor a vacuum, so it is fitting that on this month's 10th anniversary of the antitrust judgment against Microsoft, the Federal Trade Commission alerted Google that it's now under investigation as a monopolist. Considering how much intense [...]
Financial Times: Googling 'Innovation', Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Googling 'Innovation', Thomas Hazlett

President Barack Obama has announced a new government initiative to promote economic innovation. In other news, the Federal Trade Commission has launched an antitrust investigation into the practices of Silicon Valley’s uber-innovator, Google. Note to the administration: If you want to promote innovation, stop prosecuting it. Full article available[...]
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[...]
The Hill: Television for the 21st Century, Thomas Hazlett

The Hill: Television for the 21st Century, Thomas Hazlett

Eyes were wide when television was unveiled at the 1939 World’s Fair. Incredulous onlookers were so suspicious of the technology that a glass TV set had to be constructed, an attempt to convince skeptics that the product was not a hoax. But the awestruck were right to be wary. Social upheaval was soon to follow.  Full article available at thehill.c[...]
Politico: If a TV Station Falls in the Forest, Thomas Hazlett

Politico: If a TV Station Falls in the Forest, Thomas Hazlett

George Mason law and economics professor Thomas W. Hazlett argues that it’s time for the old kings of the airwaves to make way for the new. BROADCASTING SHOWS ITS AGE — And should no longer be propped up, says a former FCC chief economist in a paper to be released today. In “If a TV Station Falls in the Forrest...” George Mason law and economics pr[...]
Financial Times: FCC Net Neutrality Rules and Efficiency, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: FCC Net Neutrality Rules and Efficiency, Thomas Hazlett

The US Federal Communications Commission, seeing the internet as a fragile ecosystem under threat from opportunistic internet service providers, issued its “network neutrality” order on December 23. By January 10 it had received its first complaint - against an upstart wireless competitor providing innovative services, advanced technologies and new[...]
Financial Times: Fred Kahn’s First-Class Flight, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Fred Kahn’s First-Class Flight, Thomas Hazlett

This week’s passing of economist Alfred Kahn, 93, has brought tributes for the Cornell professor’s key role in the 1970s deregulation of US airline fares. That achievement saves Americans a stunning $20bn annually. Yet Kahn’s contributions to electricity regulation and telecommunications policy may even exceed this high-flying success. Thanks to a [...]
Financial Times: Shooting Blanks on Wireless Policy, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Shooting Blanks on Wireless Policy, Thomas Hazlett

US regulators are designating that unused TV channels be made available for low-power wireless devices. The move – pushed by tech giants Microsoft, Google, HP, and Dell -- is hailed as “liberalisation”, paving the way for “Wi-Fi on steroids.” The exact same hype, including a similar “licence-exempt” plan, inspired a 2005 bandwidth set-aside for WiM[...]
GMU Law: Hazlett Comments on FCC Net Neutrality Proposal

GMU Law: Hazlett Comments on FCC Net Neutrality Proposal

Commenting in Investor's Business Daily, Professor Thomas Hazlett says Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski's new proposal for net neutrality rules is a carefully crafted proposal that maintains the FCC's authority over Internet regulation while offering measures to gain support from ISPs.  http://www.law.gmu.edu/news[...]
Investor's Business Daily: FCC Floats A Net Neutrality Compromise

Investor's Business Daily: FCC Floats A Net Neutrality Compromise

Reinhardt Krause, Hazlett Comments on FCC Net Neutrality Proposal. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday proposed new "net neutrality" rules that won initial support from Internet service providers such as Comcast and AT&T but will still face staunch Republican opposition in Congress. Beset by legal and poli[...]
Financial Times: Is Google More Open Than Apple?, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Is Google More Open Than Apple?, Thomas Hazlett

Google’s Android has blasted off. In the first quarter of 2010, it blew by Apple iPhone’s 21 percent market share, accounting for 28 per cent of all smart phones sold in the US according to industry consultancy NDP. And its momentum appears unstoppable. Analysts predict that it will soon roar past Research in Motion (Blackberry), now at 36 per cent[...]
Barron's: Putting Economics Above Ideology, Thomas Hazlett

Barron's: Putting Economics Above Ideology, Thomas Hazlett

In early 2001, the Bush administration halted plans to make more radio spectrum available for cellphone and other mobile services. Officials believed delaying new license auctions would result in higher prices. And sales delayed until 2006 and 2008 did indeed generate record proceeds - $33 billion. But the lollygagging cost the U.S. economy much mo[...]
CBS 60 Minutes Special: The Cell Phone: Marty Cooper's Big Idea

CBS 60 Minutes Special: The Cell Phone: Marty Cooper's Big Idea

The Cell Phone: Marty Cooper's Big Idea May 23, 2010 4:59 PM Hear the story of the invention of the cell phone from the man whose team came up with it at Motorola. The inventor, Martin Cooper, is still at it, improving the gadget he came up with 37 years ago. Morley Safer reports. The Cell Phone: Marty Cooper's Big Idea [...]
Financial Times: Net Neutrality: Time for Evidence-Based Policy, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Net Neutrality: Time for Evidence-Based Policy, Thomas Hazlett

A federal appeals court has bopped the Federal Communications Commission yet again. In Comcast v. FCC – the “network neutrality” case - the agency was found to be making up the law as it went. In sanctioning the cable operator for broadband network management it found dubious, the Bush-era FCC exceeded its charter. Cable modem services and digital [...]
Wall Street Journal: Ronald Coase's Research Highlighted: Better Broadband is No 'Joke,'

Wall Street Journal: Ronald Coase's Research Highlighted: Better Broadband is No 'Joke,'

L. Gordon Crovitz, The next time you marvel at how a wireless connection lets you go online from virtually anywhere or download video to your hand-held device, keep in mind a question asked by a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1959: "Professor, is this all a big joke?"  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB2000142405274870[...]
New York Times: The Buried Treasure in Your TV Dial, Paring the Deficit, by Selling Part of the Radio Spectrum

New York Times: The Buried Treasure in Your TV Dial, Paring the Deficit, by Selling Part of the Radio Spectrum

Richard Thaler, Economic View, Here's a list of national domestic priorities, in no particular order: Stimulate the economy, improve health care, offer fast Internet connections to all of our schools, foster development of advanced technology. Oh, and let’s not forget, we’d better do something about the budget deficit. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/0[...]
Ars Technica, Congress Told that Comcast/NBC Merger a Big Crapshoot

Ars Technica, Congress Told that Comcast/NBC Merger a Big Crapshoot

Matthew Lasar, Law & Disorder, Tech Law and Policy in the Digital Age, Congress held another hearing on Comcast's proposed buyout of NBC Universal on Thursday, and as at earlier gatherings, the critics came out swinging. The merger will cost jobs, Communications Workers of America President Larry Roberts warned the House Judiciary Committee. As[...]
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 [...]
Financial Times: Google's China Syndrome, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Google's China Syndrome, Thomas Hazlett

Traditionally, the local bank engaged in a "trust relationship." It promised to invest your savings wisely, taking only the most prudent risks. To convince you of its sincerity, it spent a lot on a fancy building, telling customers: we're no "fly by night" operation. It sponsored the Little League team and the Girl Scouts, spreading community roots[...]
Financial Times: Ronald Coase and the Radio Spectrum, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Ronald Coase and the Radio Spectrum, Thomas Hazlett

At the University of Chicago recently, an illustrious group of scholars convened to celebrate the life and writings of Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase. It was precisely fifty years ago that Coase, a Brit-turned-American economist who had spent a decade studying the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Federal Communications Commission, wrote an ess[...]
Commentary Magazine: We're Number Two?, Thomas Hazlett

Commentary Magazine: We're Number Two?, Thomas Hazlett

At a swanky American resort in the summer of 2008, an elite policy discussion was underway, and the message could not have been more stark. The U.S. has fallen behind in the global broadband race and is now falling further behind. We are sinking to Third World status. Surely, the government must act.  Full article available for download here.  Go t[...]
TVNewsCheck: Putting A Price Tag On TV Spectrum, Thomas Hazlett

TVNewsCheck: Putting A Price Tag On TV Spectrum, Thomas Hazlett

Guest Commentary by Tom Hazlett. The former chief economist of the FCC says that TV broadcasters are sitting on a valuable chunk of spectrum and he spells out some options that would let broadcasters use those airwaves for new services while not destroying free TV. The free TV service remains, but the delivery platform will be technology-neutral. A[...]
Financial Times: The Broadband Numbers Racket, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: The Broadband Numbers Racket, Thomas Hazlett

The global broadband race is on, and the crowd has turned on Team USA In 2004, President George W. Bush said, with characteristic rounding error: "Tenth is ten spots too low". Things worsened. Last December, President Barack Obama warned that "It is unacceptable that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption". Things worsened [...]
BusinessWeek: The Misguided Urge to Regulate Wireless, Thomas Hazlett

BusinessWeek: The Misguided Urge to Regulate Wireless, Thomas Hazlett

If innovation- and competition-spurring iPhones and BlackBerrys are seen as a problem, regulators in Washington are asking the wrong questions.  Go to full article at Bloomberg BusinessWeek.com.  http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jul2009/tc20090727_289094.htm.   [...]
RealClearMarkets.com: Analog Television Dies With a Whimper, Thomas Hazlett

RealClearMarkets.com: Analog Television Dies With a Whimper, Thomas Hazlett

On June 12th, a potential cataclysm passed quietly into the ether. All U.S. analog TV stations were turned off. Despite fears on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission that millions of hysterical Aunt Minnies would go screaming into the streets to protest the disappearance of Wheel of Fortune, nary a peep was heard. The widely fe[...]
Financial Times: A Letter to the New FCC Chair, Mr. Julius Genachowski, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: A Letter to the New FCC Chair, Mr. Julius Genachowski, Thomas Hazlett

Dear Mr. Julius Genachowski, Welcome to Washington. Now that you’re chairing a very powerful agency, you’ll hear a great many schemes to fatten this interest group or that company. Turn a deaf ear, my friend. Except now. This one will enrich the US economy, 300m wireless customers, and me. But it will make you famous. It would be the most innovativ[...]
The Industry Standard: FCC Nominee: Broadband Deployment a Major Priority

The Industry Standard: FCC Nominee: Broadband Deployment a Major Priority

FCC Nominee: Broadband Deployment a Major Priority, thestandard.com, June 16, 2009. http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/06/16/fcc-chair-nominee-broadband-deployment-major-priority[...]
BroadbandCensus: American Broadband Market Works, Economists Say

BroadbandCensus: American Broadband Market Works, Economists Say

Ryan Womack, Reporter-Researcher, BroadbandBreakfast.com, Washington, June 15, 2009  Reports of the death of American broadband have been greatly exaggerated, said a group of economists Friday at a panel on broadband market competition sponsored by the Progress and Freedom Foundation. http://broadbandbreakfast.com/2009/06/american-broadband-market-[...]
Miami Herald: Broadcast Television's Switch to Digital is Finally Here

Miami Herald: Broadcast Television's Switch to Digital is Finally Here

TV's switch to digital is finally here, The Miami Herald, June 10, 2009. by Glenn Garvin. Excerpt: "The changeover to digital from the analog system used since the invention of TV in the 1920s has been anything but abrupt. The government began studying the change in 1987, OK'd it 10 years later and ordered TV manufacturers to make every new set dig[...]
The Economist: Brain Scan: Father of the Cell Phone, Martin Cooper

The Economist: Brain Scan: Father of the Cell Phone, Martin Cooper

Marty Cooper, the pioneer of mobile telephony, has spent his entire career pushing wireless communications to new heights UNLESS you work in the telecoms industry, you are unlikely to have heard of Marty Cooper. He is hardly a household name. But his influence has been felt across the world, because he is the engineer who took the cellular technolo[...]
Forbes Magazine: U.S. Antitrust Becomes More European, Joshua Wright

Forbes Magazine: U.S. Antitrust Becomes More European, Joshua Wright

Last week the European Commission slapped Intel Corporation with the largest antitrust fine in the Commission's history, announcing that the sanctions were necessary to protect consumers from the egregious abuses of a "dominant firm." What did Intel do to merit this sanction? Whatever its intentions were, its actions leading up to the fine resulted[...]
Financial Times: Shovel-Ready Broadband Stimulus, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Shovel-Ready Broadband Stimulus, Thomas Hazlett

Plagued with the sharpest economic downturn in a generation, US policy makers scrolled through a series of emergency deficit-enhancement measures in 2008-09. The third and final such effort was enacted in February. At $800bn, it set a new standard for government red ink: 12 per cent of 2009 GDP - twice the previous post-World War II high. Full arti[...]
Financial Times: Analog Switchoff Goes Unnoticed, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Analog Switchoff Goes Unnoticed, Thomas Hazlett

600 American TV stations have gone dark. No one cares. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, hundreds of US TV stations turned off their analog signals. Scarcely a soul noticed. The event - one that policy makers have quivered in fear of for 23 years - was a yawn. When, in 1986, cell-phone makers and public safety agencies asked the Federal Communications Commiss[...]
Communications Daily: Internet Architect [David Clark] Suggests 'Futures Market' to Avoid Policy Disputes

Communications Daily: Internet Architect [David Clark] Suggests 'Futures Market' to Avoid Policy Disputes

The core Internet function of routing packets has never been a problem -- it's "routing money" that has set up the Internet's intractable policy disputes, an official integral to the Internet's development told a George Mason University Law School audience late Tuesday. David Clark, the chief protocol architect of the Internet until its commerciali[...]
Ars Technica: Muni WiFi Flop a Bad Omen for FCC's Free Wireless Plan, Thomas Hazlett

Ars Technica: Muni WiFi Flop a Bad Omen for FCC's Free Wireless Plan, Thomas Hazlett

Philadelphia shook loose of its rust-belt image to make 2004 headlines for its visionary wireless broadband network. "Municipal WiFi" - using free, unlicensed airwaves and cheap, off-the-shelf radios - would cost taxpayers nothing. Private companies, given exclusive rights and specific social obligations, would hang those radios from street lights,[...]
Financial Times: The Anti-Technology Bail-Out, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: The Anti-Technology Bail-Out, Thomas Hazlett

With Detroit's auto-makers flat on their financial backs, GM, Ford and Chrysler are begging for at least $25bn in public subsidies. They hold 250,000 auto workers - and, implicitly, the US economy - hostage. The ransom note reads: send us the money or unemployment will soar, consumer markets will tank and millions will lose.  Full article available[...]
Barron's: Economies of Scale: The "Don't Be Evil" Principle Permits Profits, Thomas Hazlett

Barron's: Economies of Scale: The "Don't Be Evil" Principle Permits Profits, Thomas Hazlett

Editorial Commentary By Thomas W. Hazlett | The "Don't Be Evil" principle permits profits. It's amazing what turns up when you Google almost anything -- especially Google: The Internet application has become a corporation to be reckoned with. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin changed Web search by ranking pages according to their popularity, not [...]
Ars Technica: Transition to Yesterday: Subsidizing the Killer App of 1952, Thomas Hazlett

Ars Technica: Transition to Yesterday: Subsidizing the Killer App of 1952, Thomas Hazlett

Editor's note: the vote for a new president isn't the only one to take place on Tuesday. In Washington, DC, the Federal Communications Commission will weigh in on a proposal to open up the so-called "white spaces" in the digital TV spectrum for use by wireless broadband applications after the end of most analog TV transmissions next February. In th[...]
RCR Wireless: Where Are Today’s Best Job Opportunities?, Consensus FCC Reform

RCR Wireless: Where Are Today’s Best Job Opportunities?, Consensus FCC Reform

Where Are Today’s Best Job Opportunities?, Andrew Krieg, Consensus FCC Reform Mini-Conference coverage. Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We’ve gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace. Where are the best positions in information and communications[...]
GigaOm: Free the Airwaves: All of Them

GigaOm: Free the Airwaves: All of Them

Stacey Higginbotham Nov. 4, 2008, So it’s a big day at the FCC and for the wireless industry in general, which is why I found an editorial published on Ars Technica so worthwhile. The author, Thomas W. Hazlett, a professor of law and economics who serves as Director of the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law, argues[...]
Wall Street Journal: Don't Let Google Freeze the Airwaves, Thomas Hazlett and Vernon Smith, Oct. 3, 2008.

Wall Street Journal: Don't Let Google Freeze the Airwaves, Thomas Hazlett and Vernon Smith, Oct. 3, 2008.

Don't Let Google Freeze the Airwaves, a scheme to keep precious spectrum underutilized. Google is now pushing a "free the airwaves" campaign, rallying to open TV band frequencies for new wireless services. This is a superb idea, one suggested by South Dakota Republican Sen. Larry Pressler in 1996, just before he was targeted by broadcasters and def[...]
Financial Times: FCC Should Leave Net Neutrality to Anti-Trust Courts, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: FCC Should Leave Net Neutrality to Anti-Trust Courts, Thomas Hazlett

US regulators have dropped the net neutrality bomb on Comcast, the country's largest cable operator that supplies broadband service to14.4m households. The Federal Communications Commission ruled in August that the firm had secretly throttled certain "peer-to-peer" applications, such as Bit Torrent, that gobble bandwidth. The motive for the scheme,[...]
Press Mention from Consensus FCC Reforms and the Communications Agenda for the Next Administration

Press Mention from Consensus FCC Reforms and the Communications Agenda for the Next Administration

Press Coverage of Mini-Conference on Consensus FCC Reforms and the Communications Agenda for the Next Administration, September 16, 2008: Ex-Chiefs Have Earful for Candidates, Sharp Words for FCC, by Julian Sanchez, Ars Technica, September 18, 2008: "Michael Powell and William Kennard, former chairs of the Federal Communications Commission unde[...]
Ars Technica: Ex-Chiefs Have Earful for Candidates, Sharp Words for FCC

Ars Technica: Ex-Chiefs Have Earful for Candidates, Sharp Words for FCC

Michael Powell and William Kennard, former chairs of the Federal Communications Commission under presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, respectively, spoke candidly about their experiences heading the regulatory agency at a National Press Club event Tuesday. Held by the Information Economy Project at George Mason University, the forum was mean[...]
Financial Times: On a Clearwire, You Can See Everything, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: On a Clearwire, You Can See Everything, Thomas Hazlett

In May, mobile carrier Sprint entered a venture with wireless broadband start-up Clearwire and a corporate cadre that includes Google and cable operators Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House. They joined previous investors Intel, Motorola, Bell Canada, cellular billionaire Craig McCaw and share buyers in Clearwire's 2007 initial public offering to[...]
Financial Times: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft: Antitrust Confusion, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft: Antitrust Confusion, Thomas Hazlett

Financial markets are abuzz with the possibility of a Microsoft-Yahoo merger or a Google-Yahoo to block it. A heavy dose of the chatter is consumed by the regulatory implications of either: will the antitrust agencies in the US and European Union approve the transaction? The deals pivot on such anticipations. Of course, antitrust laws are meant to [...]
Financial Times: It's the Spectrum, Stupid, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: It's the Spectrum, Stupid, Thomas Hazlett

The US's "700 MHz auction" recently closed with some $19.6bn in winning bids. But the dollars flowing to the Treasury are tantamount to loose change. The real payoff is that the chunk of prime spectrum made available will fuel-inject the wireless turbines of the information economy. Mobile US subscribers enjoy annual benefits of at least $150bn. Th[...]
Financial Times: US v. Microsoft: Who Really Won?, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: US v. Microsoft: Who Really Won?, Thomas Hazlett

Before he became Mother Teresa, Bill Gates was Darth Vader. As captain of the Evil Empire, he and his minions dominated PC operating systems, vanquishing all rivals. In May of 1998, the US Department of Justice struck back. In the "antitrust case of the century," the DoJ accused the Microsoft Corporation of monopolisation. The company was accused o[...]
Financial Times: Helping Young Minds Click, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Helping Young Minds Click, Thomas Hazlett

The $100 laptop for kids is here. And the good news is that it sells for just $200. That is close enough for charitable work and MIT's Nicholas Negroponte ought be toasted. His ambitious plan to distribute millions of light, energy-conscious notebook computers to children in developing countries - One Laptop Per Child, or OLPC - is already brighten[...]
Financial Times: How the 'Walled Garden' Promotes Innovation, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: How the 'Walled Garden' Promotes Innovation, Thomas Hazlett

An intense iPhone buzz sent a high-pitched signal to Apple fanatics early this summer in the US. They hurled themselves into AT&T sales offices and are still giggly with technophile delight. The means by which Apple a computer products company without wireless assets launched the mobile phone of the century illustrates how markets introduce inn[...]
Wall Street Journal: The Return of the Speech Police, Dennis R. Patrick & Thomas W. Hazlett

Wall Street Journal: The Return of the Speech Police, Dennis R. Patrick & Thomas W. Hazlett

Government regulation of broadcast speech clashes with the First Amendment. This is why 20 years ago the Federal Communications Commission voted 4-0 to abolish the so-called Fairness Doctrine, a rule that required broadcasters to cover "controversial issues of public importance" and to afford reasonable opportunities for the presentation of "contra[...]
Financial Times: Bandwidth Wars, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Bandwidth Wars, Thomas Hazlett

The vaunted digital television transition is under way. It offers to upgrade broadcast television picture quality. But high definition is mostly window-dressing. Indeed, television advertisers will not pay broadcasters much more for HD audiences, either because viewers watch on sets too small to notice it or because big-screen users subscribe to ca[...]
Financial Times: Google's Algorithm of Life: Rejoice and Be Wary, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Google's Algorithm of Life: Rejoice and Be Wary, Thomas Hazlett

Tomorrow just arrived and it is about time. How many George Orwell novels or Ray Bradbury stories has it taken us? At long last, we may soon be able to click on the electronic screen to find out what is in our heads. Full article available at FT.com.  http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/30ab9636-0961-11dc-a349-000b5df10621.html.  Also available by [PDF Downl[...]
Financial Times: Content is King but the Monarch has Fled, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Content is King but the Monarch has Fled, Thomas Hazlett

From time to time, a friendly skirmish arises in which media experts divvy up sides to debate the assertion, “content is king.” That content and delivery platforms are complementary assets whose values tend to rise or fall in tandem is courteously set aside. This argument is about grabbing shares on the media revenue pie chart. Full article availab[...]
Wall Street Journal: Failure to Communicate, Jerry Brito

Wall Street Journal: Failure to Communicate, Jerry Brito

For more than two decades, the nation's first responders to emergencies have had to contend with radio communications that were not up to the task. Each time a major calamity such as the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina throws a spotlight on the problem, a blue-ribbon panel is convened. And each time the panel invariably offers the [...]
Financial Times: The Global Village and the Madness of e-Crowds, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: The Global Village and the Madness of e-Crowds, Thomas Hazlett

Today’s buzz is You, whom Time Magazine honoured as “Person of the Year” for igniting “community and collaboration on a scale never seen before.” Your blog entries and social networking posts rock. Meanwhile, you’re revolutionising Information Technology markets with far-flung innovations in open-source hardware and software. Soon governments will [...]
Baltimore Sun: Phone Fund Rip-off, Thomas Hazlett

Baltimore Sun: Phone Fund Rip-off, Thomas Hazlett

Programs are given funny names in Washington. Take the Universal Service Fund, which spends $7 billion annually to extend telephone service to low-income households in high-cost areas. In truth, it has never delivered "universal" phone service or significantly expanded the reach of networks. What it does is shower subsidies on grossly inefficient r[...]
Financial Times: Google and the Myth of an Open Net, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Google and the Myth of an Open Net, Thomas Hazlett

The news that YouTube has pocketed $1.65bn in Google gold has stirred the technology industry and pushed yet another wave of computer savvy twenty-somethings to all-night madness in the race for the next cool thing. Business aspects of this exciting match – which would itself resemble a hook-up on a social networking site, were it not for the 10-di[...]
Financial Times: A Web Bubble Blown Out of Proportion, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: A Web Bubble Blown Out of Proportion, Thomas Hazlett

The economist Paul Samuelson likes to joke that Wall Street indices predicted nine out of the last five recessions. So too in the new economy, where the fruits of success are often hailed as harbingers of doom.  Full article available at FT.com.  http://www.ft.com/cms/d8e292c8-5345-11db-99c5-0000779e2340.html.  Also available, a PDF Download on Pro[...]
Barron’s: Everything’s on the Menu, Thomas Hazlett

Barron’s: Everything’s on the Menu, Thomas Hazlett

Cheaper by the bundle.  A la carte cable TV doesn't serve consumers best. Just use your remote to choose… The grocery store doesn't require you to buy a case of beer each time you pick up a loaf of bread, so why should you be forced to take MTV and Spike when all you really want to watch is Disney, Discovery and Fox News? The standard cable TV serv[...]
Wall Street Journal: Germany's Cable Problem, Thomas Hazlett

Wall Street Journal: Germany's Cable Problem, Thomas Hazlett

EU telecommunications regulators have won a battle, as German authorities will impose stricter mandates on their country's (mostly) privatized phone giant, Deutsche Telekom. Following a European Commission ruling last week, DT will be required to lease its high-speed data lines to rivals on more generous terms, an effort designed to invigorate reta[...]
Wall Street Journal: Broadbandits, Thomas Hazlett

Wall Street Journal: Broadbandits, Thomas Hazlett

We should be celebrating an anniversary this month: One year ago, in August, the Federal Communications Commission voted to deregulate residential broadband services. Never heard of it? Well, I'm not proposing a parade; but this victory for freer markets undermines the current proposal to re-regulate the Internet via "net neutrality." First, the br[...]
Financial Times: Antitrust Regulators Must Listen to Reason, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Antitrust Regulators Must Listen to Reason, Thomas Hazlett

When Apple’s iTunes rocked our planet with its 2003 blast-off, it triggered near-instantaneous iPod adoption by a generation of audio thrill-seekers and revived the company that delivered us into the age of the personal computer.  Full article available on ft.com.  http://www.ft.com/cms/affdac28-1103-11db-9a72-0000779e2340.html. Also available, by [...]
Financial Times: The Educational Computer Myth, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: The Educational Computer Myth, Thomas Hazlett

Third graders in US public schools now craft writing assignments on desktop computers, cranking out reports in Word or PowerPoint. The belief is that getting kids into software early will produce happy, net savvy adults. It’s a stretch. Hardware, software, and network connections for schools cost real money, funds that could be spent on textbooks, [...]
Financial Times: Neutering the Net, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Neutering the Net, Thomas Hazlett

The legendary Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet Protocol (IP) standard in the 1970s, is pleading for “network neutrality.” Cerf, now Google’s chief internet evangelist, argues for government regulation to ensure that broadband subscribers can use any network application or device, without extra fees.  Full article available on ft.com. http://ww[...]
Financial Times: Google's Beautiful China Paradox, Thomas Hazlett

Financial Times: Google's Beautiful China Paradox, Thomas Hazlett

Google’s capitulation to China’s “internet-filtering technology” – in its deal to launch a China-based version of its internet search service that will actively censor results – outwardly looks like the sort of bargain a money-grubbing capitalist strikes with the devil. In some respects it is. But therein lies its paradoxical beauty.  Full article [...]