Closing the Rural Broadband Gap: A Dive Into the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan – with Ajit Pai

The Senate recently passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a bipartisan $1 trillion investment in the country’s physical infrastructure, which allocates $65 billion in broadband spending and is awaiting action by the House. In this episode, Kris Pusok sits down with former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, to discuss what this […]

Restricting Mergers and Acquisitions: An Outlook on the Start-up Ecosystem and Innovation

Many lawmakers seem eager to rein in the power of big tech and there seems to be a wide-spread agreement across the political aisle that something needs to be done. Among the proposed remedies is to restrict mergers and acquisitions. In this episode, Jeff Farrah, General Counsel at the National Venture Capital Association, is sharing […]

How Startups and Innovation Benefit from Preserving Employment Freedom for Independent Workers – with John Chisholm

The modern workforce is changing. Technology is making it easier for people of all education, skills, and income levels to be part of the sharing economy as independent contractors. Yet, several regulatory and legislative initiatives expose the long-term viability of this working arrangement and the benefits it provides. In this episode, John Chisholm, entrepreneur, CEO, […]

Prospects of A Federal Data Privacy Law – with Cameron Kerry

The U.S. currently has no comprehensive national law governing data collection and privacy, and while experts in Washington have been calling for federal data privacy legislation for a while now, we’ve seen very little movement on this issue in Congress. In the absence of federal regulation, more states are advancing their own data privacy bills. In […]

The Current State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Policy- with Chelsea Boyd

While Congress banned the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21, several states across the U.S. have implemented and considered various bans on flavored vaping products and e-cigarettes. What is the impact of these regulatory and legislative actions on the overall public health?  In this episode, R Street Institute’s research fellow, Chelsea Boyd, shares […]

Podcast: Short-and Long-Term Implications of Waiving IP Protections for COVID-19 Related Drugs and Technologies – with Andrei Iancu

India, South Africa, and other developing countries are leading the push for a waiver of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) under the rationale that it’s the only way to ensure equitable and affordable access to COVID vaccines.  In this podcast episode, Andrei Iancu, former undersecretary of Commerce for intellectual property (IP) […]

A “Future Proof” Approach to Broadband Infrastructure: An Analysis – A Podcast with Doug Brake

While there has been progress to close the digital divide, it is clear that more needs to be done. To address this, some members of Congress and the current administration are advocating for building “future proof” broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas so that we reach 100 percent high-speed broadband coverage, which could suggest […]

Podcast on Drug Pricing Reform: Good Ideas and Bad Ideas — with Dr. Robert Popovian

Description:  Rising drug prices continue to be a top concern for Americans. In response, members of Congress are floating multiple recycled ideas that revolve around price controls. In this episode, Dr. Robert Popovian, the Founder of the strategic consulting firm Conquest Advisors, Senior Health Policy Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and previously the Vice […]

Podcast: The Empirical Evidence Behind Municipal Broadband – with Sarah Oh

The role of local government-owned and operated broadband networks in the United States has been the subject of considerable debate for a while now. More recently, the Biden administration has unveiled “The American Jobs Plan,” which proposes $100 billion in spending on broadband to reach 100 percent coverage. The plan, among other things, “prioritizes support […]

The Dangers of Politicizing Antitrust – with Joshua Wright

The desire of both conservatives and liberals to use antitrust to resolve a slew of political issues with big tech displays a profound misunderstanding of what antitrust regulation is, its role in protecting consumer welfare, and guaranteeing a competitive market. This podcast episode explores these issues with Joshua Wright, law professor at George Mason University, […]