The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone

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May 18, 2017 The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone

Over decades, reforms to liberate the radio spectrum have generated explosive progress, ushering in the “smartphone revolution,” ubiquitous social media, and the amazing wireless world now emerging.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
20002

Author

Thomas Hazlett

Ph.D.

Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor in Economics, and Director, Information Economy Project, Clemson University

Description

Popular legend has it that before the Federal Radio Commission was established in 1927, the radio spectrum was in chaos, with broadcasting stations blasting powerful signals to drown out rivals.  In his new book, The Political Spectrum, Thomas Hazlett, a distinguished scholar in law and economics, debunks the idea that the U.S. government stepped in to impose necessary order.  Instead, regulators blocked competition at the behest of incumbent interests and, for nearly a century, have suppressed innovation while quashing out-of-the-mainstream viewpoints.  Hazlett details how spectrum officials produced a “vast wasteland” that they publicly criticized but privately protected.  The story twists and turns, as farsighted visionaries –and the march of science – rise to challenge the old regime.  Over decades, reforms to liberate the radio spectrum have generated explosive progress, ushering in the “smartphone revolution,” ubiquitous social media, and the amazing wireless world now emerging.  Still, the author argues, the battle is not even half won.  Books may be pre-ordered at https://www.thomashazlett.com/.

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The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone

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