Doug Brake

Doug Brake
Telecommunications Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202 524-5541

Doug Brake is a telecommunications policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He specializes in broadband policy, wireless enforcement, and spectrum-sharing mechanisms.

He previously served as a research assistant at the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado, where he sought to improve policy surrounding wireless enforcement, interference limits, and gigabit network deployment. Prior to that, he served as a Hatfield scholar at the Federal Communications Commission, assisting with the implementation of the advanced communications services section of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

Brake holds a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School and a bachelor’s degree in English literature and philosophy from Macalester College.

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Recent Events

March 1, 2016

With the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considering a rulemaking to create broadband privacy rules, please join ITIF for a panel discussion on the wisdom or folly of sector-specific regulation, how to best balance consumer protections with the value unlocked by data analytics, and the broader context of ongoing changes in both telecommunications and privacy policy.

October 29, 2015

Despite the real, persistent problem of the digital divide, the tech policy world remains transfixed by net neutrality. Join ITIF for an expert panel discussion of a new ITIF report proposing a legislative grand bargain that would give the FCC clear jurisdiction to regulate net neutrality while at the same time appropriating significant new funds for a national digital divide initiative.

May 29, 2015

Join ITIF for an expert panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges for the administration in improving U.S. broadband policy.

February 25, 2015

ITIF gathers a panel of expert engineers to discuss their views on network management and net neutrality.

November 13, 2014

ITIF hosts a debate on the merits of proposed legal approaches to Net Neutrality.

Recent Publications

May 23, 2016

Zero rating should be welcomed as a sign of healthy product differentiation that better allocates scarce resources while improving customer value.

April 27, 2016

The broadband privacy rules proposed by the FCC are less about putting consumers in control and more about curtailing business-model innovation, said Doug Brake in Forbes.

March 29, 2016

The FCC should expand Lifeline to offer a tech-neutral voucher for whatever communications tools best suit users' needs, said Doug Brake in Innovation Files.

March 25, 2016

News that Netflix has been slowing video streams shows how bright-line rules are ill-suited for open Internet oversight, writes Doug Brake in Innovation Files.

March 17, 2016

The FCC should give the "green light" to zero-rating programs, says Doug Brake on Innovation Files.

March 1, 2016

ITIF report rejects calls for the FCC to regulate broadband privacy differently than the rest of our digital economy.

Recent Presentations

August 17, 2015

Doug Brake debated Tim Wu on net neutrality at the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference.

October 30, 2014

Doug Brake spoke discussed some of the key challenges with the transition to the next generation of wireless technologies, standards, and usages at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

October 16, 2014

Doug Brake argued the case for Communications Act rewrite at the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee’s event “Does the Internet Need a New Communications Act?”

June 26, 2014

ITIF's Brake discussed the importance of spectrum policy to the LGBT community at an event hosted by LGBT Tech.

June 4, 2014

Doug Brake spoke on a panel exploring the empirical data of next generation broadband deployment in the U.S. and Europe.

March 25, 2014

Doug Brake co-moderated Hot Technical Topics in Telecommunications and the Role of Technical Experts in Modern Telecom/Technology Policymaking.