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Everett Ehrlich

Everett Ehrlich is the president of ESC Company, a Washington, DC based economics consulting firm.

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Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.6.2017

The hunt for culprits after the Wall Street meltdown of 2008 has obscured systemic changes in the way financial markets work today, according to a fascinating new article in The International Economy. Co-written by Ev Ehrlich, a PPI Senior Fellow, and Michael Mann, the article argues that market players increasingly devote their energies to rearranging […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.17.2015

“Buy land,” Will Rogers is famous for having said, “They’re not making any more of it.” But the same constraint applies to a similar resource – electromagnetic spectrum, the real estate on which the economy’s future will be built. This week, the powerful Senate Commerce Committee will take steps in addressing this modern-day conundrum. And […]

Blog

By / 2.26.2015

“This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech,” said Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler, whereupon he cast the deciding vote for the most far-reaching plan ever developed to regulate the Internet.  Let’s hope he isn’t in charge of the First Amendment, […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 2.25.2015

As the Federal Communications Commission readies new net-neutrality rules this week, congressional Democrats face a choice: Should they work with the Republicans who control Congress to help pass new rules, or should they stay on the sidelines and leave the matter to a volatile regulatory process, subject to possible undoing in the courts? I disagree […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.12.2014

As Congress considers new Internet openness rules to replace the “net neutrality” regulations recently struck down by the courts, critics of U.S. broadband have called for a major overhaul of how we regulate the net. At the extreme, they seek a complete “reclassification” of the Internet as nothing more than a juiced-up telephone, thereby moving […]

Other

Advocates for new regulation of the U.S. broadband Internet base their case on the related contentions that (i) our nation lags behind the rest of the world in quality, price, and deployment of broadband, and (ii) the market for U.S. broadband service is not competitive. This paper analyzes the latest U.S. and international data on […]

Blog

By / 4.29.2014

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s determination that he can allow Internet Service Providers to offer differentiated service options to websites and content providers – an ability that “net neutrality” advocates regard as decidedly non-neutral – surprised many people.  But perhaps it shouldn’t have. Wheeler’s announcement resolved a mystery created by a recent court decision that the […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.18.2014

A DC federal court struck down the FCC’s “net neutrality” regulations earlier this year, but did nothing to resolve an ongoing debate over whether or how the government should regulate the Internet.  At the heart of the controversy lies a central question – should we regulate the Internet as we did the old telephone network […]

Other

By / 3.13.2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Proposals to regulate the Internet are often presented as “new” solutions to deal with modern problems, but the most significant of these proposals, such as “network neutrality” and common carrier rules on unbundling and interconnection, are actually vestiges of long-outmoded ways of thinking about telecommunications policy. This paper explores the relevant regulatory history, […]

Op-eds and Articles

A DC federal court struck down the FCC’s “net neutrality” regulations earlier this year, but did nothing to resolve an ongoing debate over whether or how the government should regulate the Internet.  At the heart of the controversy lies a central question – should we regulate the Internet as we did the old telephone network […]