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“Rob Pegoraro on Tech and the Coronavirus” (Two Think Minimum)

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Non-finalized Transcript Scott Wallsten: Hi and welcome back to the Technology Policy Institutes podcast’s Two Think Minimum. Today is Monday, March 23rd, 2020 I’m Scott Wallsten, president and senior fellow at TPI, joined by my cohost TPI senior fellow Sarah Oh. And today we are honored to be joined by journalist Rob Pegoraro. Rob covers tech policy at Yahoo Finance, writes a tech help column for USAToday.com, offers telecom and gadget guidance at Wirecutter and contributes to Fast Company, Consumer Reports, Arstechnica, pcmag.com, boingboing, venturebeat and Discovery News. Welcome Rob. […]

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“Looking Back on Ten Years of the National Broadband Plan with Blair Levin” (Two Think Minimum)

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Scott Wallsten: Hi and welcome back to the Technology Policy Institute’s podcast, Two Think Minimum. It’s Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 and I’m Scott Wallsten, TPI president and senior fellow. I’m joined by Blair Levin, who is currently a nonresident fellow with the Brookings Institution and a policy advisor at New Street. Blair’s worked for the past 25 years at a high level at the intersection of broadband policy and capital markets. And most importantly for the purpose of this conversation, he led the FCC’s national broadband plan back in 2009 […]

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A New Normal for Broadband Prioritization

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Broadband networks in the U.S. are holding up well so far, despite massive increases in internet usage from home for telework, distance learning, telehealth, and, of course, entertainment. Some European networks have not been so robust, with the EU asking Netflix and other streaming services to reduce its traffic by 25 percent to prevent congestion. Given the large share of bandwidth used to stream Netflix, such action may help. But the coronavirus crisis is revealing in ways that we have not seen before that different types of internet traffic are […]

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eSports: The Content Hero We All Need Right Now

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March is typically a heralded month in sports: NBA and NHL games become more intense as teams enter into the last phase of their season before spring playoffs, NCAA basketball teams compete in March Madness, the MLB starts its season, and NASCAR racing begins its 7 Cup Series. The coronavirus has put a stop to all of this. But maybe a hero will emerge to save stranded sports fans (and others quarantined with them): eSports. eSports, or competitive video gaming, can be played from anywhere at any time with a […]

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“Kelcee Griffis of Law360 on Spectrum Institutions” (Two Think Minimum)

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Scott Wallsten: Hi and welcome back to TPI’s podcast Two Think Minimum. It’s Thursday, February 27th, 2020 and I’m Scott Wallsten, president and senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. I am joined by my cohost, TPI Senior Fellow, Sarah Oh. Today we’ll be speaking with Kelcee Griffis, who is a senior telecom reporter at Law360 which covers major developments in litigation, legislation, and transactions and publishes more than 200 stories every day. I think you’re responsible for about half of them as far as I can tell. But Kelcee […]

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Research Roundup for February 2020

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Welcome back to TPI’s Research Roundup, our semi-regular compilation of recent outside research of interest to tech policy nerds. From Fake News to GDPR, there’s something here for everyone.[1] If you’ve read a paper you think might be interesting to include in the next roundup, feel free to send it to nlovin@techpolicyinstitute.org DISCLAIMER: The papers and authors are not affiliated with TPI. We do not necessarily agree with everything, or even anything, in these papers, but find them interesting and informative.  In this month’s Roundup: Electoral Competition with Fake News Competing with […]

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“Bruce Mehlman on 2020’s Tech Policy Knowns and Unknowns” (Two Think Minimum)

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Tom Lenard: Hi and welcome back to TPI’s podcast Two Think Minimum. It’s Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 and I’m Tom Lenard, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. Today we’re delighted to talk to Bruce Mehlman. Bruce is the founder of Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen and Thomas, a government relations firm here in DC. Prior to that he was assistant secretary of commerce for technology policy in the George W. Bush administration and he’s kind of an all around smart guy. He has very smart things to say […]

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“Ambassador Grace Koh on WRC-19 and Spectrum for 5G” (Two Think Minimum)

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Scott Wallsten: Welcome back to TPI’s podcast, Two Think Minimum. It’s Tuesday, January 26th, 2020. I’m Scott Wallsten, President and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. I’m joined by my co-host, TPI Senior Fellow Sarah Oh.  Today we’re excited to talk with Ambassador Grace Koh. Ambassador Koh is U.S. Representative and Head of Delegation to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Radio Communication (WRC) Conference 2019. She’s also Special Advisor for International Communications and Information Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. If you think that’s not enough, […]

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How Much is Privacy Worth Around the World and Across Platforms? A Guide for Policymakers

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The European Union and California have enacted strict data privacy laws, and Congress and the Federal Trade Commission are considering new legislative and regulatory options.  In each case, government has or will attempt to balance privacy preferences of consumers with overall benefits of the use of data.  But what are those preferences? That’s the question two economists, Scott Wallsten of the Technology Policy Institute and Jeffrey Prince of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, answer for policymakers in their new study, How Much is Privacy Worth Around the World and […]

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Competition Analysis in the Attention Economy: It’s About Time

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Many services in the digital economy, like social media, require no monetary payment from users. A great deal of research has studied how to value zero-price services and how to incorporate them into macroeconomic statistics like GDP. Much less has focused on competition in zero-price markets. But people do pay directly for zero-price services, just not through their pocketbooks. Instead of spending money, they spend time on these platforms. It is for this reason that many consumer-facing services in the digital economy are considered part of an “attention economy.” Tim […]

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