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  • New study says protecting net neutrality good for the economy

    September 22, 2010 – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley Blog

    The Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rules for net neutrality would do more to insure economic stability than the proposal from Google and Verizon, according to a new report from New York University think-tank.

  • Building a better net?

    September 22, 2010 – Politico

    As economists who study network neutrality, we have watched the debate over the future of the Internet closely. The new policy proposal from Google and Verizon opens the possibility that some Websites will be treated better than others. This might not be such good news for Internet users.

  • End of neutrality would end Internet as we know it

    September 22, 2010 – The Philadelphia Inquierer’s Inquiring Consumer Blog

    A report out of New York University’s law school stresses a key – and oft-misunderstood – point: Today’s Internet evolved under net-neutrality rules. The wide-open Web that spurred so much U.S. innovation and growth occurred in a net-neutral environment because it was governed by the same content- and device-neutral rules that governed the nation’s phone networks after the early-‘80s breakup of the old AT&T monopoly.

  • The Problem with Giving Verizon the Benefit of the Doubt

    September 22, 2010 – The Atlantic’s Business Blog

    In August, Verizon and Google agreed on principles to help create a better Internet for the future. But a new paper (.pdf) on net neutrality from New York University Law School’s Institute for Policy Integrity finds a few flaws with the plan. Although much of the paper titled “The Value of Open: An Update on Net Neutrality” is controversial, there is one point in particular that’s quite strong. It assets that ruling proactively on pricing strategies is better than ruling reactively.

  • Prison Rape: Eric Holder’s Unfinished Business

    August 26, 2010 – New York Review of Books’s NYR Blog

    Even more concerning is that Mr. Holder has commissioned no study of the benefits of reducing prisoner rape; nor, apparently, does he plan to. Yet as a brief submitted to the Department of Justice by New York University Law School’s Institute for Policy Integrity makes clear, “substantial additional costs” can only be understood in relation to the standards’ projected benefits.

  • Disasters show flawed system of oversight

    August 16, 2010 – San Antonio News

    First came the explosions. Then the funerals. Then the calls for reform. Five years ago, it was the Texas City explosion that killed 15 workers and cast the spotlight on the Chemical Safety Board, the chronically underfunded agency assigned to oversee worker safety at American refineries.

  • Safety regulators caught in revolving doors

    August 15, 2010 – Houston Chronicle

    “It’s as though the nation is walking into a casino and spinning the roulette wheel every day,” says Michael Liver­more, a government regulation specialist and executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University law school. “It’s only a matter of time before we’re going to come up with snake eyes and have another disaster.”

  • Creating Lanes On The Information Superhighway

    August 13, 2010 – NPR’s Planet Money

    On today’s podcast, we talk to two economists, both named Scott. Scott Holladay argues this is one market, where maybe the government should get involved, and protect “net neutrality.”

  • Economic Reality Softens Stance On Net Neutrality

    August 13, 2010 – NPR’s Planet Money on Morning Edition

    Net neutrality is one of those issues that a small number of people care passionately about. For everyone else, it’s either a big mystery or a big bore. Net neutrality is about using regulation to require open and equal access to the Internet. Huge sums of money could be at stake in the outcome.

  • House Debates National Flood Insurance

    July 15, 2010 – C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

    Michael Livermore talked about the National Flood Insurance Program, how the program works, and its costs and benefits. Pres. Obama signed an extension to the program, allowing people with properties in flood areas to transact sales on those properties.