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Derek oversees Free Press’ research and policy analysis. He has written extensively on a wide range of media and technology issues, and regularly testifies before Congress and the FCC. His reports have examined consolidation in the broadcast television industry, the economics of the pay-TV market, the state of domestic broadband competition, the role of the Universal Service Fund and the lack of female and minority media ownership. Derek holds a master's degree in public policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the 2006 Smolensky Prize for Outstanding Advanced Policy Analysis. He is the lead author of the book Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age.

Expert Analysis

  • Insights & Opinions
    Net Neutrality

    Tall Tales and Title II

    February 15, 2019

    A rural ISP’s CEO told Congress that Title II and Net Neutrality stopped his network investments. That’s not true. Here we break it down.

  • Insights & Opinions
    Internet Access
    Media Consolidation

    The T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Is Bad News. Here's Why.

    May 1, 2018

    This deal would harm people of color and all communities and constituencies that rely on having more affordable and open wireless options.

  • Insights & Opinions
    Internet Access
    Net Neutrality
    Media Consolidation

    Don't Fall for AT&T's Billion-Dollar Swindle

    November 14, 2017

    AT&T is trying to sucker Congress into giving it a mammoth tax break that would cost the rest of us.

  • Insights & Opinions
    Net Neutrality

    Reclassification Is Not a Dirty Word

    January 17, 2014

    In the wake of the court ruling killing Net Neutrality, it's time we got serious about protecting the open internet for good. And that means reclassification.

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