As Chief Economist, Babette Boliek is based in OSP but is an advisor on economic issues to the Chairman, Commissioners, and Bureaus and Offices. She also will assist the agency in creating an Office of Economics and Analytics to provide economic analysis for rulemakings, transactions, and auctions; manage the commission's data resources; and conduct longer-term research on ways to improve the commission's policies.
Babette currently serves as a professor of law and the associate dean of faculty research at Pepperdine University School of Law. Her research at Pepperdine focuses on applied economic and legal analysis in the areas of Internet regulation, competition and antitrust, privacy, and the mobile telecommunications industry. Her teaching responsibilities have included antitrust law and policy, communications law, corporations, and contract law.
Babette has served as a fellow with the Information Economy Project at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School and with the Center for Communications Law and Policy at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. She also has been a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Davis, and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law.
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 have been 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 PhD 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.