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Downes in WaPo “Zenefits regulatory woes reveal a not-so-secret weapon of middlemen”

On December 15 the Washington Post Innovations section published “Zenefits regulatory woes reveal a not-so-secret weapon of middlemen” by Larry Downes.  In his 1998 book, “Unleashing the Killer App“Downes argued that middlemen needed to adapt or see their business severely curtailed by a growing internet economy that seemed to specialize in granting consumer access to […]

TTIP panel discusses opportunities, challenges; remains cautiously optimistic for agreement

The Georgetown Center for Public Policy presented a Georgetown on the Hill panel discussion on the prospects and opportunities for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). TTIP’s great promise is to mesh the regulatory structures of the US and the EU – the world’s two biggest economies – to create global rules for trade […]

Georgetown on the Hill panelist mentioned in Politico’s Morning Trade roundup

Yesterday’s Georgetown on the Hill event “Financial services, data flows and the global economy: the TTIP Opportunity” attracted Politico’s Doug Palmer. In a story on PoliticoPro, “CitiGroup Offers Financial Services Proposal for TTIP,” Palmer quotes Rick Johnston, Director and Senior Vice President, International Government Affairs, Citi: The United States should drop its opposition to discussing […]

Center Scholars, Affiliates among economists advising FCC not to regulate broadband like a telephone utility

On December 9th, a group of 19 economists filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission in its Open Network proceeding responding to proposals – including one by President Obama – that the Commission regulate broadband access like a telephone utility.  The letter warned that such “net neutrality” rules would chill investment in broadband infrastructure […]

Downes filed Ex Parte comment with FCC on open internet proceedings

On December 5 Larry Downes filed Ex Parte comments with the FCC in the matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 14-28, Preserving the Open Internet, GN Docket 09-191, and Framework for Broadband Internet Service, GN Docket 10-127. The comments are based on research discussed in his November 25 Forbes piece […]

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The photograph shows one of two statues outside the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington, D.C.  The statue symbolizes the Federal Trade Commission (the straining man) in its attempt to control the enormity of trade (the horse).  Each statue is approximately 12 feet high and 15 feet long.  They are sculpted from Indiana limestone.
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