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Harold Furchtgott-Roth

Director, Center for the Economics of the Internet

Harold Furchtgott-Roth founded Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises in 2003. He frequently comments on issues related to the communications sector of the economy. From 2001-2003, Mr. Furchtgott-Roth was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he completed the writing of A Tough Act to Follow, a book about the difficulties implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

From 1997 through 2001, Mr. Furchtgott-Roth served as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. In that capacity, he served on the Joint Board on Universal Service. He is one of the few economists to have served as a federal regulatory commissioner, and the only one to have served on the Federal Communications Commission.

Before his appointment to the FCC, he was chief economist for the House Committee on Commerce and a principal staff member on the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Earlier in his career, he was a senior economist with Economists Incorporated and a research analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses.

Mr. Furchtgott-Roth is a member of the Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Policy Advisory Board. He is the coauthor of three books: Cable TV: Regulation or Competition, with R.W. Crandall, The Brookings Institution, 1996; Economics of A Disaster: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, with B.M. Owen et al, Quorum Books, 1995; and International Trade in Computer Software, with S.E. Siwek, Quorum Books, 1993.

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Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Economic Analysis at the FCC

The 5G Wireless Future and the Role of the Federal Government December 16th Event

View from the FCC: A Discussion with Commissioner Michael O'Rielly October 13th Event

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Harold Furchtgott-Roth quoted in Deadline on the U.S. government spending millions to fund a CBS Kids show about postal inspectors

Harold Furchtgott-Roth’s event with software entrepreneur Alan Dabbiere written up in Opportunity Lives

Harold Furchtgott-Roth quoted in Washington Examiner on the FCC’s ruling that broadband providers are not entitled to First Amendment protections because they are “conduits, not speakers”

Harold Furchtgott-Roth’s report on tuners featured in Daily Caller

Harold Furchtgott-Roth quoted in NewsMax Finance on the FCC’s net neutrality ruling

Harold Furchgott-Roth quoted in AFP on classifying broadband as a public utility

Harold Furchgott-Roth quoted in Marketplace on Obama’s attempts to regulate the internet

Harold Furchtgott-Roth featured on Multichannel News on the FCC and a potential “internet tax”