Harold Furchtgott-Roth

Harold Furchtgott-Roth

Former commissioner of the U.S. House Committee on Commerce and the Federal Communications Commission

Harold Furchtgott-Roth, former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he founded the Center on the Economics of the Internet and cofounded the Forum for Intellectual Property. He is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and the University of Baltimore.  He is president of Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises, an economic consulting firm. He has cofounded various businesses in the communications sector. 

Mr. Furchtgott-Roth is the only economist to have served on the Federal Communications  Commission.  Nominated by President Clinton, he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.  Previously, he was chief economist for the House Committee on Commerce where he was one of the principal staff members on legislation that became the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He has testified several times to Congress and has served on federal advisory committees.  

Widely recognized as an expert in economics and the communications industry, Mr. Furchtgott-Roth has consulted to scores of different businesses and served on various advisory boards over the past two decades.  He is the author or coauthor of four books and many research publications. His hundreds of op-eds have been widely published.