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Gus Hurwitz, a visiting fellow at AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he teaches telecommunications law, cyber law, law and economics, and other regulation-related subjects. His research builds on his background in law, technology, and economics to consider the interface between law and technology and the role of regulation in high-tech industries. He has a particular expertise in telecommunications law and technology. He was previously the inaugural research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, and before that was a visiting assistant professor at George Mason University Law School. He previously spent several years as a trial attorney with the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section. Hurwitz has a background in technology and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. During this time, his work was recognized with professional awards from organizations such as the Federal Laboratory Consortium, R&D Magazine, Los Alamos National Lab, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California. In addition, he held an Internet2 Land Speed world record with the Guinness Book of World Records. Hurwitz is a co-blogger at Truth on the Market.
a stressful one for Sprint’s CEO, Marcelo Claure. Following a botched announcement of Sprint’s new all-in mobile data plan – and the backlash that ensued – the company made an abrupt 180, dropping a policy that many consumers found to be misleading. It was a great example of how competition should play out: firms competing to offer consumers better options and calling each other out when they behave badly, without any need for regulators to get involved. But as bad as this last week was for Claure, it should be seen as worse for the FCC, whose net neutrality rules likely drove Sprint to offer its consumer-unfriendly plan in the first place.
last week, in its planned merger with Dish, T-Mobile (of which Legere is CEO) stands to benefit from Dish’s successful manipulation of the FCC’s AWS-3 auction rules to get over $3 billion in free spectrum. A few years ago, T-Mobile was given $4 billion in cash and spectrum break-up fees by AT&T when the FCC blocked the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. And in the past week, Legere has redoubled his efforts to secure substantial spectrum “set-asides” from the FCC that would benefit T-Mobile in the upcoming incentive auction, releasing an entertaining and profanity-laced video that falls just one step short of calling FCC Chairman Wheeler a dingo.