Bob Atkinson joined the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information in mid-2000 to become Director of Policy Research after having served for 18 months as Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Common Carrier Bureau. Beginning in 1985 until he joined the FCC, he was responsible for the regulatory, public policy and external affairs activities of the Teleport Communications Group (TCG), the nation’s first Competitive Access Provider (CAP) and Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC). From 2001-06, he served as the Chairman of the North American Numbering Council (NANC), which advises the FCC on matters affecting the availability and utilization of telephone number resources in the U.S., and has served on other panels advising New York City and New York State on telecom issues.
Professor Botein has become a well-respected expert in communications law, and a scholarly witness to the unprecedented growth of the cable industry and the Internet, the advent of direct broadcast satellites, and the break-up of AT&T. He has written more than 70 articles and books, of which 90 percent deal with some aspect of media law, among them Regulation of the Electronic Mass Media Law and Policy for Radio, Television, Cable and the New Technologies (3d ed. West Group, 1999), and Regulacion de los Medios Masives de Communicacion (Universidad Sergio Arboleda, 2003).
Dr. Fuhr is a Professor of Economics at Widener University. Dr. Fuhr received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University and his B.A. from LaSalle University. Dr. Fuhr’s primary research areas are antitrust, health economics, pharmacoeconomics, telecommunications, and sports economics. He is an economic consultant and adjunct research professor for the Department of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University, Senior Fellow for The American Consumer Institute and affiliated with CompassRose International, Darby Associates, and Econsult.
Dr. Alan Pearce founded Information Age Economics after a nine-year senior level policy career in the US Government, where he was one of the prime architects of pro-competitive public policies that paved the way for the introduction of today’s information age. Since leaving the government, Pearce has provided professional services to every segment of the telecommunications-information-entertainment industry in the US and also internationally.