Penn Law professor Christopher S. Yoo is one of 29 members appointed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to the newly created Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC).
The committee’s mission is to provide advice and make recommendations to the FCC on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access, or broadband, by reducing and removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment.
Yoo, the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, is a leading authority on law and technology, as well as the founding director of the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition (CTIC). His research focuses on how the principles of network engineering and the economics of imperfect competition can provide insights into the regulation of electronic communications.
“High-speed Internet access has economic, educational, and health benefits for users,” said Yoo. “Through the new committee’s recommendations, we can identify specific ways to provide valuable access to citizens across the country.”
Yoo’s recent work with CTIC’s 1 World Connected project has been studying the best ways to provide Internet access for the billions of people around the world who are not online. The three-year project is analyzing which approaches to increasing Internet connectivity are most effective and efficient.
The Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting on April 21 at FCC Headquarters in Washington, D.C.