Press Releases

TPI Notes: ICANN Transition, Set-Top Box Regulation, and Big Data and Entertainment


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Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment
A Discussion with Authors Michael Smith and Rahul Telang
Led by Hollywood Reporter Senior Editor Eriq Gardner
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
October 6, 2016
City Club of Washington
Columbia Square
555 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

2017 Aspen Forum
August 20-22, 2017
St. Regis Aspen Resort
Aspen, Colorado


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Opinion: ICANN – A Regulator in Need of Antitrust Oversight
By Thomas Lenard and Lawrence White
September 23, 2016
ICANN’s function makes it indistinguishable from a regulatory agency. However, it is a private-sector corporation that will continue to be subject to U.S. antitrust laws whether or not its tie to the U.S. government ends.

Remarks: TPI Transition
by Scott Wallsten
August 22, 2016
Speech given by Scott Wallsten at the 2016 Aspen Forum following the announcement he would be appointed President of TPI.

Opinion: ‘Pay-for-Privacy’ Internet actually benefits low-income consumers
by Thomas Lenard
August 16, 2016
The notion that offering an additional option would be detrimental to consumers is misguided. In addition, “pay-for-privacy” plans benefit lower-income individuals.

Paper: The End of Australia’s National Broadband Network?
by Lucia Gamboa Sorensen and Andrew Medina
July 21, 2016
Australia’s investment in a national wholesale fiber broadband network failed to achieve its goals of near ubiquitous buildout and lower prices. The project may have distorted consumer usage patterns and investment decisions without changing the competitive landscape.



What is a “Regulatory Backstop?”
by Scott J. Wallsten
September 21, 2016

We Don’t Know How to Close the Digital Divide, But We Can Figure it Out
by Scott J. Wallsten
September 15, 2016

Some Questions About the FCC’s Proposed “Standard License”
by Scott J. Wallsten
September 10, 2016

Research Roundup 5: It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World
by Brandon Silberstein
September 2, 2016


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Artificial Intelligence: The Economic and Policy Implications
September 12, 2016
TPI hosted an event on artificial intelligence and machine learning in early September. Videos are available of the keynote “Machine learning, Government, and Policy Analysis,” given by Stanford’s Susan Athey, and the panels, “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 101,” and “Artificial Intelligence Policy Implications and Applications.”

2016 Aspen Forum
August 21 – 23, 2016
Videos of select panels and keynotes at TPI’s signature event are available for viewing on the TPI website. They are also available in on the TPI YouTube page.


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Upcoming Event Participation: An Economic Summit – America’s Digital Infrastructure 2017 and Beyond
On September 28, TPI President Scott Wallsten is scheduled to participate in the event “America’s Digital Infrastructure 2017 and Beyond,” hosted by the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Wallsten is speaking on the panel, “Specific Economic Policy Proposals for the Next Administration.” More information on the agenda and registration is on the CBPP website.

Upcoming Event Participation: TPRC44
On September 30, TPI President Scott Wallsten will be presenting his paper, “Learning from the FCC’s Lifeline Broadband Pilot Projects,” at a TPRC panel in broadband. In addition, Lawrence White will be presenting the paper, “Moving Music Licensing into the Digital Era: More Competition and Less Regulation,” co-authored with TPI Senior Fellow and President emeritus Thomas Lenard, at a panel focused on economics. More information is available on the TPRC website.


Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at http://www.techpolicyinstitute.org/.