Scott Wallsten

President and Senior Fellow,
Technology Policy Institute;
Senior Policy Scholar, Center for Business and Public Policy,
McDonough School of Business,
Georgetown University

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Scott Wallsten specializes in industrial organization, regulation, and public policy issues. He has extensive expertise with topics related to information and communications technology, the economics of digitization, and spectrum markets and policy.

Dr. Wallsten testified in deposition and at trial in Sprint Corp.’s $3.6 billion buyout of Clearwire Corp. The Delaware Court of Chancery issued a favorable ruling for Sprint and cited Dr. Wallsten’s testimony on the value of Clearwire’s spectrum holdings, one of the major assets at issue in the transaction.

Dr. Wallsten has provided testimony before Congress multiple times on issues related to broadband, mobile technology, and internet access. He has also filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission, and other U.S. and European agencies, and he has testified before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

In his research, Dr. Wallsten analyzes the economics of technological innovation and change, communications infrastructure, and associated regulation. He has contributed chapters to several books and published numerous articles in academic journals on topics such as spectrum auctions, spectrum valuation, broadband standards, net neutrality, and cable franchise and business data fees.

Dr. Wallsten previously served as economics director for the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. Other past positions include scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and economist at the World Bank. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wallsten was a staff economist at the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers in the Clinton administration.


Sprint Corp.’s $3.6 Billion Buyout of Clearwire Corp.