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 [...]

How Chairman Pai restored the FCC’s independence

Chairman Ajit Pai will be remembered as one of the most consequential Federal Communications Commission chairmen in history. His policy accomplishments are numerous, including the repeal of Title II regulation of the internet, rural broadband development, increased spectrum for 5G, decreasing waste in universal service funding, and better controlling robocalls. Read Dr. Jamison's complete blog [...]

If Biden is serious about broadband, he should oppose net neutrality

Remember the debate over whether net neutrality regulations would stimulate or suppress broadband development? Opponents of the regulations asserted that suppressing business opportunities for internet service providers (ISPs) would lead them to cut back on broadband investment. The regulation proponents struggled to make clear arguments that imposing net neutrality would stimulate investment, but the argument [...]

3 broadband mistakes that Biden should avoid

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama promised universal broadband but didn’t deliver. Why not? Money was wasted on programs that delivered little if any broadband, government provision of broadband (which he promoted) was largely unsuccessful, and customers did not want broadband in the ways Obama assumed. If Biden is to make good on his promise, [...]

3 reasons why Biden will kill off net neutrality

There are several reasons to think that a Biden administration will resurrect net neutrality, a policy adopted by the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015 and then reversed by the Trump FCC in 2017. Yet there are reasons to believe a Biden administration will actually kill net neutrality. Read Dr. Jamison's complete blog post [...]