Hal Singer

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



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 […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 9.9.2014

Quants have been studying the million-plus comments submitted to the FCC during the Open Internet proceeding, and unsurprisingly, the vast majority favor net neutrality. But what does that mean? Those pressing for heavy-handed regulations would like it to mean “support for Title II,” but the myriad comments that mentioned Title II were most likely form letters generated by advocacy groups: It […]


By and / 9.4.2014

Net neutrality—the notion that all Internet traffic, regardless of its source or type, must be treated the same by Internet Service Providers (ISPs)—is back on the nation’s political radar. The catalyst was the D.C. Court of Appeals’ decision last January in Verizon v. FCC, which overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Open Internet Order.” The […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 9.3.2014

Readers of this blog who follow the net neutrality debate will recognize an important case called Cellco, cited repeatedly in the D.C. Circuit’s January decision to gut key provisions of the FCC ’s Open Internet Order that smacked of heavy-handed rate regulation. In Cellco, the D.C. Circuit blessed the FCC’s 2011 Data Roaming Order, which […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.18.2014

By producing compelling online content and interfacing directly with its customers, Netflix is holding a powerful card—and I’m not talking about its Emmy-award-winning show. Rather than playing this card, Netflix is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to intervene in its dealings with Internet service providers (ISPs). Before delving into Netflix’s potential counter-strategy and the need (if any) for regulatory […]


By / 5.27.2014

Since the agreement between Comcast and Netflix was struck in February 2014, several parties have called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate dealings between networks that comprise the Internet generally, and to dictate the terms of interconnection by Internet service providers (ISPs) in particular. This Policy Brief considers the costs and benefits to […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.14.2014

The reaction from netizens was swift and fierce: Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to permit paid prioritization on the Internet—with an offer to stamp out discriminatory conduct on a case-by-case basis—was considered a betrayal of President Obama’s net-neutrality pledge. Protesters gathered in front of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC ), and petitions made the rounds on Twitter. […]