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 / 2.6.2015

Earlier this week, the FCC gave us a sneak preview of what’s in store for its upcoming order on net neutrality. The ironically named “Fact Sheet” is anything but—it is filled with half-truths and internal contradictions. At the urging of protestors and “public-interest” groups, the FCC has arrived at a fairly radical prescription—regulating Internet service providers (“ISPs”) […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 1.15.2015

At the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas last week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his intention to reclassify Internet service as a public utility in order to achieve President Obama’s laudable goal of a free and open Internet. Because this outdated “solution” has tied the FCC in knots for years, and […]


By / 12.19.2014

In recent days, the net neutrality crowd has seized on select, abbreviated versions of comments by certain executives of Internet service providers (ISPs) as evidence that ISPs are in fact supportive of the public-utility-style regulations being considered by the FCC for internet access service. Even the Chairman of the FCC made hay with the comments […]


By and / 12.16.2014

To rebut our estimate of new annual state and local taxes and fees caused by reclassification, Free Press offers two claims: (1) that all of these taxes and fees are preempted by the recent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) by Congress, and in the alternative, (2) that the Commission can designate broadband […]

Op-eds and Articles

By and / 12.12.2014

If the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) votes to “reclassify” the Internet as a public utility, U.S. consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for access to the Internet. How deep? By our estimates, broadband subscribers would have to pay about $70 annually in additional state and local fees. When you add […]


By and / 12.1.2014

Self-styled consumer advocates are pressuring federal regulators to “reclassify” access to the Internet as a public utility. If they get their way, U.S. consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for both residential fixed and wireless broadband services. How deep? We have calculated that the average annual increase in state and […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.4.2014

Last Friday, Gautham Nagesh reported that the FCC  was inching closer to adopting a proposal put forward by Mozilla as its solution to the net neutrality problem. Under this “hybrid” approach, the FCC would reclassify the portion of a broadband provider’s network that interfaces with edge providers as a Title II service, while regulating the […]