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Director of Innovation Policy

Kristian Stout, ICLE's Director of Innovation Policy is an expert in intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, and Internet governance. Kristian has been a Fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry, as well as the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Before practicing law, Kristian worked as a technology entrepreneur and a lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University.

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Associate Director, Legal Research

Ben Sperry is Associate Director of Legal Research with the International Center for Law & Economics, where he works on FTC reform, competition policy, data and privacy, telecommunications, and net neutrality. He recently returned to ICLE after spending three years in his hometown, first serving as a judicial law clerk and then as a public defender in western Pennsylvania.


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Build Broadband Better: Focus on Competition, Not Competitors


Claims that the U.S. broadband market is insufficiently competitive have prompted public policy proposals to stimulate market entry, including through subsidies to government-run broadband service. The White House has incorporated similar proposals into its American Jobs Plan, while Congress also is considering increased subsidies for broadband as part of its infrastructure package.


Competition in the broadband market is stronger than critics claim. Economists have long recognized that a market’s level of competition is not solely determined by the number of competitors. Seeking to increase the number of firms beyond what that market can profitably bear will lower societal welfare. A better way to encourage broadband buildout would be to remove regulatory barriers to entry.

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