Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Feature Story

Fuqua Economics Professor to Meet with FCC

Professor Leslie Marx will talk about why AT&T and Verizon should be allowed to buy certain licenses

September 19, 2013

Duke University Fuqua School of Business economics professor Leslie Marx knows all about the Federal Communications Commission. She served as Chief Economist for the FCC from 2005-2006.

On September 25th, she will again be at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. This time she will discuss why Verizon and AT&T should have the ability to buy certain spectrum licenses.

The FCC is planning to hold an "incentive auction" to buy spectrum licenses back from TV broadcasters to sell them to wireless carriers. The Department of Justice has argued that the FCC should consider restricting the ability of Verizon and AT&T to bid on those licenses.  Marx wrote a report on behalf of Verizon arguing that restricting these two companies would put at risk the FCC's priorities of raising significant revenue and reallocating a substantial amount of spectrum from broadcast to mobile wireless.

You can read the full report here.