Review of Industrial Organization

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 437–462 | Cite as

The Year in Economics at the FCC, 2014–2015

  • D. Bring
  • W. Leighton
  • K. LoPiccalo
  • C. Matraves
  • J. Schwarz
  • D. Waterman


We discuss several FCC proceedings and other matters of economic interest. These include: the Commission’s new Open Internet (“net neutrality”) rules and economic challenges they pose; regulatory implications of a potential reclassification of certain online video distributors as multi-channel video distributors; the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger; a set of policy experiments that involve extension of the “Lifeline” universal service program to broadband, and the IP technology transition; and, finally, two major policy initiatives to improve the management of spectrum used by mobile wireless providers.


Mergers Media Regulation Internet economics Communications 



We are grateful to the editor, Larry White, and to Claude Aiken, Hillary Burchuk, Hillary DeNigro, William Dever, Jack Erb, Scott Jordan, Evan Kwerel, Paul Lafontaine, Eric Ralph, Jonathan Sallet, Paroma Sanyal, Susan Singer, Phil Verveer, Stephanie Weiner–and especially to Jonathan Levy—for their very helpful comments and suggestions. Daniel Herder and Pierre-Alexander Low provided expert editorial support. The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the positions of the Federal Communications Commission or of the United States Government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Bring
    • 1
  • W. Leighton
    • 2
  • K. LoPiccalo
    • 3
  • C. Matraves
    • 2
  • J. Schwarz
    • 4
  • D. Waterman
    • 3
  1. 1.Media BureauFederal Communications CommissionWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Wireless Telecommunications BureauFederal Communications CommissionWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Office of Strategic Planning and Policy AnalysisFederal Communications CommissionWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Wireline Competition BureauFederal Communications CommissionWashingtonUSA

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