ICLE Executive Director Geoffrey Manne appointed to FCC Consumer Advisory Committee

The International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE) is pleased to announce that its founder and Executive Director, Geoffrey A. Manne, has been appointed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to serve on the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee.

The appointment is for a term of two years, and the Committee will meet a few times a year in Washington, DC. ICLE, and Mr. Manne’s role at ICLE, will be unaffected by his participation on the Committee.

The Consumer Advisory Committee’s mission is:

[T]o make recommendations to the Commission regarding consumer issues within the jurisdiction of the Commission and to facilitate the participation of consumers…

The Committee may consider issues including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Consumer protection and education
  • Implementation of Commission rules and consumer participation in the FCC rulemaking process; and,
  • The impact of new and emerging communication technologies…

In particular, as directed by the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, the CAC will formulate and submit to the Commission a proposed Open Internet enhanced transparency rule disclosure format.

A nationally recognized expert in the law and economics of telecommunications, antitrust, consumer protection, intellectual property, and international economic regulation, Geoffrey Manne is the editor, with FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright, of Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Law Under Uncertainty: Regulating Innovation, a volume from Cambridge University Press. His other publications have appeared in the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and the Columbia Business Law Journal, among many other law reviews and popular media outlets.

Mr. Manne has written extensively on consumer protection issues, including the regulation of corporate disclosures, privacy and data security. He is regularly invited to speak on the economic impacts of public policy issues and to provide oral and written testimony on these issues to the United States Congress. Mr. Manne recently participated in the FCC’s Open Internet Roundtable on transparency, and he has filed numerous comments before the FCC and the FTC, as well as amicus briefs in the Supreme Court and several federal appeals courts.

Prior to founding ICLE, Geoffrey Manne was a law professor specializing in antitrust law and economics, intellectual property, corporate governance and international economic regulation at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR. From 2006-2008, while on leave from teaching, he directed Microsoft’s law and economics academic outreach program.

Mr. Manne practiced antitrust and appellate law at Latham & Watkins LLP, and served as a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia law schools. His father, Henry G. Manne, was Dean Emeritus at George Mason University and one of the four founders of the Law and Economics movement.

The FCC announcement can be found here.