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US: FCC names Chief Economist

 |  July 30, 2018

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai has named Babette Boliek to be the FCC chief economist. Boliek is a law professor and the associate dean of faculty research at Pepperdine University School of Law. Boliek will succeed Jerry Ellig, who is heading back to academia.

Boliek’s writings include several law journal articles challenging the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which the Pai led FCC has rolled back using similar arguments.

“Adding an extraordinarily talented, well-respected expert like Dr. Boliek to our team will help us continue to make well-informed decisions that reflect basic principles of economics as well as the rule of law,” said Pai of the new appointment.

Her academic research has included such topics as internet regulation, competition, antitrust, privacy, and mobile telecom, and she has taught antitrust and communications law as well as corporate and contract law.

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