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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[...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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[...]
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

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 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[...]
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[...]
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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[...]
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 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 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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]