Hal Singer

Hal J. Singer, Ph.D. is a Principal at Economists Incorporated and a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute.


Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.1.2014

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently signaled that his agency is considering certain bidding restrictions for the upcoming broadcast-spectrum auction that are specifically targeted at the two largest nationwide providers. At some ill-defined point in the auction, the restrictions reportedly would be imposed on any bidder that has more than one third of the available “low-band” spectrum in a […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.31.2014

The Netflix–Comcast arrangement has brought fresh accusations of so-called “net neutrality” violations. The flames were stoked when Netflix’s CEO, in a blog posting, bemoaned the plight of “intermediaries” such as Akamai, Cogent, and Level 3; he advocates new “net neutrality” rules to prevent Internet service providers (ISPs) from charging a toll for interconnection to these […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.31.2014

Up until the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision in Verizon v. FCC, extreme voices of the political spectrum dominated the “net neutrality” debate. The far left pressed for extensive government interference in the dealings between broadband providers and websites. And the far right questioned the FCC’s authority and need to regulate Internet services. The D.C. Circuit truncated both […]


By / 12.10.2013

 “Crafting a Successful Incentive Auction: Stakeholders’ Perspectives” United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Testimony of Hal J. Singer, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, Progressive Policy Institute   The key policy issue facing this Committee is whether to impose asymmetric limits on the amount of spectrum that a bidder may acquire […]


By / 10.17.2013

At a Technology Policy Institute breakfast this week, telecom geeks were treated to a robust exchange of ideas between Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President of AT&T, and Reed Hundt, former chairman of the FCC. When the conversation turned to the upcoming spectrum auction, Mr. Hundt defended ex ante rules for limiting the number of […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 9.17.2013

The net neutrality debate reached a fever pitch last week when the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in Verizon v. FCC. Although many pundits have predicted what the appeals court will do, let’s search instead for an instructive lesson for reforming the FCC, something that policy wonks on all sides of the debate agree is […]


By and / 9.5.2013

In our new paper released today, we examine the economics and policies related to an upcoming spectrum auction by the Federal Communications Commission, illustrating that a more efficient regulatory system that facilitates competition and innovation can also provide essential consumer protection. The auction, which the FCC hopes to conduct next year, is designed to enable […]


As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers how to allocate the broadcasters’ spectrum in the upcoming “incentive auction,” it should be guided by economic principles designed to maximize social benefits. To date, the spectrum policy debate largely has been driven by considerations of the private benefits of carriers such as Sprint, T-Mobile/MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular, and […]


By / 6.26.2013

Last week, the Pepperdine School of Public Policy gathered an eclectic crew of economists (including your fearless blogger) and high-tech entrepreneurs to discuss tech policy over dinner in Silicon Valley. Among the entrepreneurs were startups like mobile-payment company Ribbon, voice-recognition-software maker Promptu, and mobile-platform provider Appallicious, as well as established players like portable-device maker Lab126 […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.4.2013

Today the Senate will convene a distinguished panel of experts to discuss the state of wireless competition in America. Although it is trendy among the cognoscenti to complain about the wireless industry, the reality is that wireless competition is vibrant here, and U.S. carriers are leaving their European counterparts in the dust. A common refrain […]