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Dr. George Ford

Dr. George Ford
Chief Economist
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

Dr. George S. Ford is the Chief Economist of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Public Policy Studies (, a non-profit research center specializing in the law and economics of the digital age.  Dr. Ford has published extensively in the economics of government regulation, technology, intellectual property, and economic development, landing him in the top 1% of authors on the Social Science Research. Dr. Ford has testified before the U.S. Congress, the copyright tribunals of multiple nations, and numerous state regulatory agencies.  He has studied the economics of telecommunications markets for a quarter century, including serving as an economist at the Federal Communications Commission and with large and small service providers.  Dr. Ford has written numerous papers on municipal broadband systems and his paper, The Impact of Government-Owned Broadband Networks on Private Investment and Consumer Welfare, is the most comprehensive economic analysis of government-owned broadband systems to date.  Also, Dr. Ford’s analysis of the investment effects of Net Neutrality served as the primary analytical support in the Restoring Internet Freedom Order regarding the adverse consequences of classifying broadband as a Title II telecommunications service.

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