Posts by: Mark Jamison

Pre-PURC Series: Strategies for Closing the Broadband Gap

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Broadband is more essential than ever before, and many are conflicted over how to expand access and use. What should be done? Some people look to public ownership or government subsidies. These are common reactions in a crisis. Others want to tax Big Tech. What’s right for your situation? More than [...]

Pre-PURC Series: Strategies for Closing the Infrastructure Gap

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Wow! That was great! About 75 people attended Ted’s Pre-PURC Series session Strategies for Closing the Infrastructure Gap. Ted described energy and water infrastructure gaps, and options for filling them. You drilled him with tough questions. He was thrilled! If you regulate power, water, or ICT infrastructure, or if you provide [...]

Epic Games v. Apple demonstrates the importance of economic analysis in antitrust

Lately there has been a push to replace economic analysis in antitrust with rules of thumb such as “a firm of size X is inherently bad.” This is a bad idea, and the ongoing Epic Games Inc. v. Apple Inc. trial demonstrates the point. Read Dr. Jamison's complete blog post at AEI.

Facebook’s Oversight Board is wrong to punt on Facebook’s Trump ban

Facebook’s Oversight Board has punted on whether to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Facebook account or permanently close it. Facebook indefinitely banned Trump from the social media site based on his posts during the January 6 Capitol Hill riot, then referred the issue to the board. On Wednesday, the board — which was established to [...]

Should the FCC’s economic analyses be overseen by the White House?

A 2019 Department of Justice (DOJ) opinion concluded that the president may direct independent agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to submit regulatory actions for review, including cost-benefit analyses of the intended actions. I’ll defer to others on whether such a move is legal, but White House control of FCC regulatory analysis is [...]