Ryland is Benton’s lead researcher on broadband accessibility and affordability in underserved communities, working closely with Benton Senior Fellow Jon Sallet on a report to address the challenges in promoting broadband access in America. Previous economic and legal research has focused on the online video industry, competition policy, and innovation. Ryland has lectured on media and telecommunications industry issues, intellectual property and media law, and the history of communications. He holds a J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, a Ph.D. from the I.U. Media School, and an A.B. in economics and psychology from the University of Chicago.