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Joe Kane


Director, Broadband and Spectrum Policy

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @thejoekane

Joe Kane is director of broadband and spectrum policy at ITIF. Previously, he was a technology policy fellow at the R Street Institute, where he covered spectrum policy, broadband deployment and regulation, competition, and consumer protection. Earlier, Joe was a graduate research fellow at the Mercatus Center, where he worked on Internet policy issues, telecom regulation, and the role of the FCC.

Joe interned in the office of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. He also interned with the satellite and terrestrial network provider SES, the Satellite Industry Association, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the American Action Forum. Joe holds a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, a master’s in economics from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s in political science from Grove City College.

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Recent Publications

July 27, 2022

Comments to the FCC Regarding Efficient Use of Spectrum Through Improved Receiver Interference Immunity Performance

The Commission should incentivize voluntary, industry-led standards and take a forward-looking approach to the future interference environment by establishing a clear framework for adjudicating interference claims in the face of differential receiver quality.

July 5, 2022

Spectrum Sharing: Holy Grail or False Hope?

To some, spectrum sharing is an innovative necessity. To others, it is a recipe for wasting valuable bandwidth. The truth is more nuanced. The spectrum-sharing landscape is marked with promising ideas and technologies that require further investment to be generalizable solutions.

May 23, 2022

Ten (Suggested) Commandments for Closing the Digital Divide

States are set to receive billions of dollars in federal funding—enough to close the digital divide once and for all. Following these 10 commandments will ensure they make the most of the money and citizens get the connectivity they need.

April 13, 2022

Broadband Myths: Do ISPs Engage in “Digital Redlining?”

Geographic differences in broadband deployment exist, but ITIF’s analysis of Census data and facts on the ground show they are best explained by income variations and barriers to adoption, not by racial discrimination.

March 7, 2022

New Spectrum Technologies Aren’t the Problem, They’re the Solution

The recent interagency spat between the FAA and FCC over the rollout of 5G services in the C band was a case study in more than just bureaucratic turf wars. It shows how failure to invest in technological upgrades can leave some players looking silly while they struggle to adjust to changing times.

February 28, 2022

Comments to the FCC Regarding Partitioning, Disaggregation, and Leasing of Spectrum

The Commission should commit to the productivity-enhancing nature of dynamic spectrum markets by declining to adopt proposals that would reduce the number of beneficial transactions that the enhanced competition incentive program (ECIP) could otherwise deliver.

February 17, 2022

Comments to the FCC on the Future of the Universal Service Fund

The FCC should not be content with Universal Service Fund programs that extract perennial multi-billion-dollar sums from consumers and pour them into the pockets of ISPs. Rather, the Commission should examine how to scale back its programs and shift to more limited and consumer-targeted assistance.

February 4, 2022

Comments to NTIA Regarding Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

ITIF filed comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the matter of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Implementation (Docket No. 220105-0002), regarding the $48 billion to be administered by NTIA through the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program; the Middle Mile Program; and the Digital Equity Planning Program.

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Recent Events and Presentations

June 28, 2022

How 5G Can Spur Climate Tech Innovation

Watch the discussion surrounding the potential climate tech applications of 5G and what is needed going forward to help ensure that this critical infrastructure can facilitate the low-carbon transition.

June 14, 2022

How States Can Make the Most of Broadband Funding

View ITIF's event that explored how state-broadband funding is progressing, and how stakeholders are working to take advantage of the opportunities and address the challenges that come with it.

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