Tullock Lecture on October 30th

PowerPoint Presentation

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, issued in March 2010, focused on opening up dormant radio spectrum for new uses. Citing the tsunami of mobile data usage, the study set a goal: The FCC should set free another 300 megahertz of prime bandwidth, more than used by Verizon and AT&T combined, for wireless broadband by 2015. That move would juice competition, unleash innovation and expand networks coast-to-coast.

John Bloom, Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story

Award-winning author John Bloom talks about his 2016 book detailing the launch, collapse, and rebirth of Iridium, the world’s most advanced satellite telephone network. Named a Top Ten Book by both the Wall Street Journal and The Economist, Eccentric Orbits is a fascinating story of science, public policy and entrepreneurship.