Former Federal Communications Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth is heading up a new think tank dedicated to free-market Internet policies.
The Center for Economics of the Internet was launched by the Hudson Institute Friday. As founder and director, Furchtgott-Roth will oversee production of analysis and research at the Center.
"Federal agencies are currently addressing policy decisions based on a theory of 'Internet exceptionalism,' where ordinary principles of economics do not apply," said Furchtgott-Roth, who served as a Republican member of the FCC from 1997 to 2001.
"Unfortunately, this arrangement only serves to harm consumers and weaken our businesses. The Center for Economics of the Internet will dispel the myth that regulating one part of the Internet ecosystem can be walled off from impacting other parts of the ecosystem."
Before heading to the FCC, Furchtgott-Roth helped oversee passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as chief economist for the House Commerce Committee. He has since worked as a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and founder of Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises.