Adam D. Thierer is the former director of telecommunications studies at the Cato Institute. Thierer conducts research on how government regulations are hampering the evolution of communications networks, including telephony, broadcasting, cable, satellite and the Internet. He also examines the broader economic and constitutional aspects of telecommunications policy. His writing has been published in the Washington Post, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Journal of Commerce, Forbes, and The Economist. He has made media appearances on National Public Radio, PBS, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America. Thierer also spent nine years at The Heritage Foundation, where he served as the Alex C. Walker Fellow in Economic Policy. In that capacity, he covered telecommunications and Internet policy and also wrote extensively on antitrust, electricity and energy policy, the airline industry, and federalism. Before coming to Washington, Thierer worked at the Adam Smith Institute in London, England, where he examined reform of the British legal system. Thierer earned his bachelor's degree in political science and journalism at Indiana University and received his master's degree in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland.