David Balto

David Balto is an antitrust attorney in Washington, D.C., and was formerly a poli- cy director of the Federal Trade Commission, attorney-adviser to Chairman Rob- ert Pitofsky, and trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.



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 […]