Mark Jamison

What does economics say about updating the Communications Act?

[Commentary] As Congress is considering whether to overrule the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality vote, to write a new Communications Act, or both, it would be good to review what leading economic research has said about the issue

Could blockchain technology save Lifeline?

[Commentary] For all of the good intentions of the Federal Communications Commission, state utility regulators, and Lifeline advocates, numerous academic studies have demonstrated that the program is ineffective.

The Great Media Divide

[Commentary] Examples of the political divide in the US abound. But how the media conducts its business in this country should also be partly blamed for the political rift.

Will Chairman Pai resurrect economics at the Federal Communications Commission?

[Commentary] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced that he is forming the Office of Economics and Data (OED) at the FCC. This is a good first step.

Will Chairman Pai resurrect economics at the Federal Communications Commission?

[Commentary] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced that he is forming the Office of Economics and Data (OED) at the FCC. This is a good first step.

Rural broadband deployment: The market-oriented way

[Commentary] Now that the White House, Congress, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are getting serious about rural broadband deployment — in contrast with the past eight years — it is time to develop strategies that actually make pos

Will tech firms save us from fake news?

[Commentary] Fake news has become a cause célèbre and fighting it has attracted some powerful players. Facebook just launched its “disputed” tag for possible fake news, and Google has promised to also go on the attack.

It’s time bring US broadband subsidies up to world standards

[Commentary] Count yourself unlucky if you are a US telecommunications customer, because you have been funding a system that is far behind international standards.

Help the poor by dropping Lifeline

[Commentary] What would happen if the US Department of Energy decided to help low-income households afford solar power by giving money to companies which report that they lease solar panels to these households?

Can we modernize the FCC?

[Commentary] There seems to be a growing consensus that the Federal Communications Commission’s structure is outdated and hinders its work. What should be done?