Doug Brake

Doug Brake
Director, Broadband and Spectrum Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202 524-5541

Doug Brake is director of broadband and spectrum policy 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 Publications

May 7, 2018

There is ample room for a bipartisan compromise that would simultaneously lock in noncontroversial bright-line protections, end the absurd back-and-forth on FCC jurisdiction, and secure funding to help close the digital divide.

January 25, 2018

Muni broadband should generally be avoided: Private broadband, coupled with regulatory oversight, provides much better incentives for efficient operation, long-term innovation.

November 9, 2017

In the home stretch of the FCC’s third attempt at a net neutrality regime, federal preemption of state-level net neutrality laws has emerged as a key issue. The FCC should make clear that broadband policy is made at the national, not state, level.

November 6, 2017

Mobile providers are itching to build new infrastructure to support small cells, or tiny towers necessary for advanced communications networks. But some cities, like San Jose, aren’t exactly rolling out the red carpet.

September 18, 2017

The restrictions on data collection proposed in California would also set a poor precedent for other sectors of the economy, potentially setting the stage for a privacy tower of babel where different states set up conflicting privacy laws for different sectors of the economy.

June 2, 2017

A major part of the net neutrality debate is whether capital investment in broadband has gone up or down since ISPs were designated common carriers under Title II, writes Doug Brake in Innovation Files.

April 27, 2017

Any infrastructure package should focus on smart infrastructure that integrates both physical and digital aspects, and at least some support should go to pure digital infrastructure, writes Doug Brake in The Ripon Forum.

April 27, 2017

FCC Chairman Pai is taking a step in the right direction by getting rid of the ill-fitting legal mechanism his predecessor used to enshrine the principle of a free and open Internet, writes Doug Brake in The Hill.

April 10, 2017

To speed the buildout of rural broadband infrastructure, any federal infrastructure plan should focus first on unserved areas and rely on proven means such as reverse auctions.

February 17, 2017

It is important that broadband consumers have choice and control over how their data is used, but the overly restrictive defaults imposed by the recent FCC rules come at a real cost to the economy and do not align with an average consumer's best interest, writes Doug Brake in Innovation Files.

February 13, 2017

With Chairman Ajit Pai newly at the helm of the Federal Communications Commission, this is a time of transition for the agency, writes Doug Brake in Morning Consult.

January 23, 2017

In a series of tactical skirmishes that distract attention from their broader strategy, a loose coalition of advocacy groups and academics is methodically working to transform America’s successful private-sector, competitive Internet model into at least a heavily regulated utility, if not government-owned networks.

Recent Events and Presentations

May 15, 2018

Please join ITIF for an expert panel discussion about its latest report on why and how Congress should give the FCC clear authority to enforce basic bright-line rules and bring resolution to this debate.

July 11, 2017

Net neutrality has become the most contentious issue in modern telecommunications policy. Join ITIF for a panel of experts to discuss opportunities, challenges, what is new, and how best to move forward in this perennial debate.

June 8, 2017

Join ITIF for a conversation with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn followed by a panel discussion with both industry and municipalities to discuss opportunities and challenges for spurring broadband deployment.

May 17, 2017

Join ITIF for a conversation exploring spectrum policy and opportunities to free up airwaves for innovative new uses.

February 2, 2017

President Trump’s administration will likely bring fundamental changes in jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission. Many expect former Chairman Wheeler’s signature policy shift—using the pretext of net neutrality rules to classify Broadband Internet Access Services as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act—to be undone. How that undoing is done matters immensely. Join ITIF as we host a panel of experts to discuss this question and more.

October 4, 2016

Join ITIF to discuss the latest wrinkles in the FCC privacy debate and where policymakers should go from here.

June 30, 2016

Join ITIF to discuss a new report examining the transition to 5G, the impact on broadband competition and international competitiveness, policy hurdles, and more.

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.

August 17, 2015

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

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.