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Steven Wildman Appointed As Chief Economist for the FCC

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Released: December 27, 2012

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

December 27, 2012
Justin Cole, 202-418-8191


Washington, D.C.

– Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today the appointment of Steven
Wildman to the position of FCC Chief Economist. Professor Wildman, an expert on communications and
media issues who holds the James H. Quello Chair of Telecommunications Studies and is serving as the
Acting Chair of the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State
University, will commence his role in January 2013.
Chairman Genachowski said, “I’m very pleased that Steve will be joining the Commission. He
has a stellar record as an economist and has conducted important research on broadband adoption and
spectrum management, among other topics. The Chief Economist’s role and office are critical to the
agency’s work and its understanding of complex economic issues related to the communications sector.
"I would also like to commend and thank our outgoing Chief Economist Marius Schwartz. Marius
was an outstanding Chief Economist, who applied his deep economic expertise and problem solving
abilities daily to our most challenging initiatives. The Commission has relied heavily on his input and
analysis to make key decisions, and his work substantially bolstered the FCC’s economic capabilities.”
Wildman will take over as Chief Economist from Schwartz, who is returning to his prior role as a
Professor of Economics at Georgetown University.
Wildman’s teaching and research focus on economics, law and policy across the communications
industry, and the impact of information technologies on the organization of economic activities. He has
conducted detailed research on broadband adoption examining infrastructure cost structures and demand
in rural and underserved areas. He has also studied the efficiency properties of alternative spectrum
governance regimes and network interconnection policy.
He has held numerous fellowships and received prominent awards, including the Information and
Telecommunications Education and Research Association Distinguished Research Award, the Journal of
Media Economics Award of Honor for Scholarly Contributions, and the McGannon Award for Social and
Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research.
Prior to joining Michigan State University, Wildman was an Associate Professor at Northwestern
University’s Department of Communications Studies. He has also worked at the University of
California’s Department of Economics. Wildman holds a Ph.D in Economics from Stanford University,
as well as an M.A. and a B.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University and Wabash College

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