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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.

More from Adam D. Thierer


The World Wide Web (of Bureaucrats?) (WSJ). October 9, 2005.

Desperate Housewives and Desperate Regulators January 4, 2005.

Patently Absurd

Apple Daily. December 29, 2004.

Cato Studies

The Regulator Who Loved Markets

TechKnowledge No. 95. January 21, 2005.

Of Desperate Housewives and Desperate Regulators

TechKnowledge No. 94. January 5, 2005.

Copyright Enforcement Revisited

TechKnowledge No. 92. November 4, 2004.

Public Filings

Overcoming Mythology in the Debate over Media Ownership

Testimony. September 28, 2004.

Thinking About the Next Telecom Act

Testimony. April 8, 2004.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Sad State of Cyber-Politics

Policy Report. November/December 2010.

The Dawn of a New Spectrum Policy?

Regulation. Winter 2002.

Book Review:

Regulation. Fall 2001.