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Thomas W. Hazlett
selected articles:

Dan Rather's Good Deed
The Weekly Standard, 3-21-05
In the clouds over municipal Wi-Fi
Financial Times, 1-13-05
Bringing the Broadband Miracle to Europe Wall Street Journal, 10-11-04
An Antitrust debacle
Financial Times, 9-20-04
Broadband Miracle Wall Street Journal, 8-26-04
Missing the Next (Radio) Wave Barron's, 8-2-04
Google’s Message for Regulators, 7-5-04
Pricing 'free' New Economy goods, 4-15-04
Would Last TV Station Turn Out the Lights The Hill, 3-23-04
Local Motives: Why the FCC should scrap its absurd rules for satellite radio, 3-16-04
Underdog Turns Uberdog Wall Street Journal, 2-17-04
MORE >>>

Peter W. Huber,
selected articles:

Data in Motion Forbes, 2-14-05
The Virtue of Waste Forbes, 12-13-04
Crossed Wires, 10-18-04
Attack of the 'Cuisinart' Regulators Wall Street Journal, 2-26-04
Data on the Move Forbes, 12-22-03
Brawn & Brains by Peter Huber and Mark Mills, Forbes, 9-15-03
MORE >>>


LIFE AFTER TELEVISION BROADCASTING: Spectrum Policy for the 21st Century
June 28, 2005 (Washington, D.C.)

Exit Strategies for the Digital TV Transition
Testimony of Thomas W. Hazlett
Before the United States Senate Commerce Committee
The Digital Television Transition
June 9, 2004

Avoiding a Tragedy of the Telecommons: Finding the Right Property Rights Regime for Telecommunications
Center for a Digital Economy Conference
5-17-04, Washington, D.C.
Drew Clark
Richard A. Epstein
Michael A. Heller
Eric Claeys
Matt Brill
Tim W. Ferguson
Thomas W. Hazlett
Henry E. Smith
Jay P. Lefkowitz
Kathleen Q. Abernathy

Cable TV Rates: Has Deregulation Failed? A Debate
Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
Thomas Hazlett, Manhattan Institute
Communications Daily, 11-24-03

Spectrum Policy: Property or Commons?
Sponsored by Thomas Hazlett, Manhattan Institute, and Lawrence Lessig of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society
March 1, 2003, Stanford Law School, Stanford, California

Spectrum Policy Reform in the UK and the USA
February 13, 2003, Washington D.C.
Powerpoint slide presentations by: Dr. Coleman Bazelon
Professor Martin Cave

Competition Policy in the Telecom Industry: When the Sherman Act Meets the Telecommunications Act, Who Wins? December 9, 2002
Conference Papers subsequently published in the 4 Columbia Science and Technology Law Review (2003):
Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
Thomas W. Hazlett, Manhattan Institute
Eli Noam, Columbia University
Conference Papers:
Harold Furchtgott-Roth, American Enterprise Institute
Doug Lichtman, University of Chicago Law School
Randal C. Picker, University of Chicago Law School
Papers from the conference will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Columbia Science & Technology Law Review at the Columbia University School of Law.
Where the 1996 Telecom Act Went Wrong
Business Week Online, December 12, 2002

Revitalizing First Amendment Protection for Electronic Speech
(Unedited Transcript)
December 3, 2002, Washington D.C.
Stuart Benjamin, law professor at the University of Texas Law School, was the keynote speaker and discussed his recently published paper in the Duke Law Journal on "The Logic of Scarcity: Idle Spectrum as a First Amendment Violation."

New Economy Policy Forum

Center for the Digital Economy.

The Center for the Digital Economy studies public-policy issues in the Information Technology sector, where emerging technologies present policymakers with new challenges. The Center injects economic reasoning and empirical analysis into ongoing debates. It aims to improve understanding by applying three perspectives:

Law and Economics. By subjecting various legal institutions to standard economic analysis, the effectiveness of alternative regulatory regimes can be evaluated. Which laws are designed to encourage efficiency? Which pass the market test?

Public Choice. Legislators, regulators, and executive branch officials operate in a highly competitive environment. Explaining how and why regulatory regimes exist necessarily brings about scrutiny of the political forces, and bargains, shaping public policy.

Policy Implementation. Contrasting the costs and benefits of alternative approaches, the Center explores transitional devices capable of motivating pro-consumer policies.

The Center brings these three perspectives to bear on a wide range of problems, including:

* Spectrum allocation—using markets to alleviate wireless traffic jams
* Broadband—where impediments to facilities-based competition stifle development of the Internet
* Antitrust in software markets, squaring consumer gains from economies of scale and market-wide standards with new industrial organization theories
* Merger policy, confronting the new challenges of e-commerce, competition between networks, and consolidation in the wake of the meltdown
* Content Regulation, applying the First Amendment to electronic speech
* Intellectual Property, drawing the line around old rights in the New Economy

Confronted with these and other problems, regulators have steered between the heavily regulated model of traditional public-utilities, and the laissez faire of Silicon Valley. The resulting policies have at times been confused. The center provides both a theoretical framework, and practical agenda, for clarifying policy options. The result, it is hoped, will be a road-map through the terrain of new technologies, which are increasingly important both to our economic development, as well as to the performance of democratic institutions.

For more information on the Center for Digital Economy,
please contact Paul Howard, (212) 599-7000, fax (212) 599-3494.








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