Pai: FCC To Get ‘Office of Economics and Data’


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hudson Institute is an American conservative non-profit think tank located 1km to the southeast of the White House.

Having FCC Chairman Ajit Pai discuss “the importance of economic analysis” at the Commission during a luncheon speech Wednesday (4/5) further puts the Trump Administration — and the 2-1 Republican majority’s views on economics — in full throttle as the regulatory body swiftly moves from the policies and approaches seen under previous Chairman Tom Wheeler.

For Pai, discussing the role of economics at the FCC at a conservative think tank “is a more academic topic and a more serious-minded audience than I’m used to addressing.”

Naturally, he began his keynote address by talking about sports.

His big announcement involved tackling four key problems regarding data collection and economic analysis through the creation of the “OED” — the Office of Economics and Data.

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