Doug Brake

Doug Brake
Telecommunications Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
(202) 524-5541

Doug Brake is a Telecommunications Policy Analyst with 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. Doug holds a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School and a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Philosophy from Macalester College.

Recent Events

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.

July 16, 2014

ITIF will host a discussion of how telecom's foundational elements will change with the IP Transition.

Recent Publications

November 6, 2015

The Spectrum Pipeline Act, part of the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act, include much-needed changes to the Spectrum Relocation Fund, writes Doug Brake in Innovation Files.

October 29, 2015

There is a historic opportunity for bipartisan legislation to ground widely agreed upon net neutrality rules in new, more solid legal authority while also taking substantial strides to bridge the digital divide.

September 8, 2015

The FCC’s Designated Entity program, designed to give small businesses a leg up in wireless spectrum auctions, is no stranger to controversy, writes Doug Brake in Innovation Files.

August 14, 2015

The initial briefs against the FCC’s Open Internet Order are in, and the legal arguments are taking shape, writes Doug Brake in Innovation Files.

August 4, 2015

We require new cost-effective mechanisms to reallocate spectrum to uses that are now more valuable to society, writes Doug Brake in Innovation Files.

July 29, 2015

With wireless data traffic continuing to increase dramatically, now is the time to start planning ways to accommodate for that traffic, writes Doug Brake in The Hill.

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.