Bret Swanson is a visiting fellow at AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic research firm specializing in technology, innovation, and the global economy. He advises investors and technology companies, focusing on the Internet ecosystem and the broadband networks and applications that drive it. Swanson is also a scholar at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where, since 2005, his research has centered on economic growth and policies that encourage it. For eight years Swanson advised technology investors as executive editor of the Gilder Technology Report and later was a senior fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, where he directed the Center for Global Innovation. Swanson began his career as an aide to former senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and was then an economic analyst for former representative Jack Kemp (R-NY) at Empower America.
How is cloud computing — the provision of infinitely scalable computing resources as a service over the Internet — transforming modern manufacturing?
Industries that have heavily invested in technology have shown huge productivity growth compared to physical industries that haven’t invested in technology in the same way. Physical industries may have some political obstacles, but technological investment can create higher paying jobs even for those not in STEM fields. The technological trend is inevitable.
Some anxious forecasters project that robotics, automation and artificial intelligence will soon devastate the job market. Yet others predict a productivity fizzle.
Yesterday, Ajit Pai, the new Chairman of the FCC, announced a roll back of the Obama administration’s aggressive regulatory approach to the Internet, adopted in early 2015.
Today, after much speculation, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his intent to repeal Title II net neutrality regulations. Tech experts from AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy offer their immediate reactions to the news and weigh in on what this means going forward.
The FCC has a unique opportunity to sweep away obsolete legal foundations of the communications world and support a new wave of information technology innovation.
If Trump is to get an economic revival, full of higher-paying jobs across the breadth of the nation, the technology industry will almost certainly be the most important factor in achieving it. But Silicon Valley may be surprised to learn that Trump could be a champion in helping them achieve their goals, too.
To drive and accommodate the coming cascading wireless boom, we will need wireless connections that are faster, greater in number, and more robust, widespread, diverse, and flexible. We will need a new fifth generation, or 5G, wireless infrastructure.
On Thursday, July 14, the FCC will release its Spectrum Frontiers order that will recommend ways to unleash new batches of higher frequency spectrum for fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks. It will be very important that the FCC resist the temptation to apportion spectrum to particular firms based on political favor.
Let’s hope the FCC can see past the hollow claims of shadowy online activists and encourage free data for consumers.