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Chief and Deputy Chief Economists of the FCC

David Waterman, as Chief Economist, is based in OSP but -- on economic issues -- reports directly to the Chairman. Waterman is Professor Emeritus, Department of Telecommunications, The Media School, at Indiana University, Bloomington. While at the Commission, Waterman expects to focus on media-related issues.

Waterman’s research centers on communications industries, especially the media. Among subjects of his recent publications are vertical integration and other aspects of market structure in multichannel television, the supply of programming content, and the economics of Internet video distribution. He has presented his research to the U.S. Congress and has consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, Industry Canada, and other government agencies. He recently served as Editor-in-Chief of Information Economics and Policy.

David Waterman received his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. Prior to joining Indiana University, he was on the faculty of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He can be contacted by phone at (202) 418-2030.

Jonathan Levy, as Deputy Chief Economist, advises the Chief Economist principally on media policy issues. Jonathan also serves as a liaison between the Chief Economist and economists in the bureaus and offices. In addition, he is a senior economist in OSP, where his primary activities are the analysis of competition in broadcasting and multichannel video programming distribution markets and the review of proposed changes in government regulation of the mass media -- in particular broadcasting, cable television, and satellite television. He has had principal staff responsibility for a number of FCC reports and notices on home satellite dish issues. Jonathan also has participated in the design and implementation of FCC spectrum auctions in the Direct Broadcast Satellite and other services. Prior to joining the FCC in 1980, Jonathan taught economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. In 1993, Jonathan was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the School of Humanities at the University of Technology Sydney studying US-Australian trade in television programming and film. He has written several papers on Australian media policy. Jonathan can be contacted by phone at (202) 418-2030.


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