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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

November 7, 2022

Consumers Are the Ones Who End Up Paying for Sending-Party-Pays Mandates

Policymakers in some nations want edge companies such as Netflix to pay a larger share of broadband infrastructure costs. These “sending-party-pays” policies would harm Internet users, disproportionately tax U.S. tech companies, and fail to deliver infrastructure improvements.

September 26, 2022

Why We Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Spectrum Windfalls

Many attempts to increase the flexibility of wireless spectrum rights meet objections that the method of reallocation will result in a windfall for corporate license holders. Far from being objectionable, however, allowing windfalls in spectrum reallocation creates virtuous incentives.

September 23, 2022

Congress Should Prioritize the Affordable Connectivity Program for Broadband Funding

The recent dramatic sea change in broadband funding must come with a shift in priorities as policymakers continue efforts to close the digital divide.

September 15, 2022

Biden Blueprint Misses the Mark on Broadband Prices

The administration’s promise of substantially lower prices through more competition takes a shortsighted and localized view of broadband competition that is more calculated to score political points against unpopular corporations than to improve everyday Americans’ broadband service.

September 6, 2022

Five Principles for Spectrum Policy: A Primer for Policymakers

Spectrum policy takes engineering and technical realities as inputs to a decision-making process that is driven by normative principles. While many competing principles have had their heyday, these five are enduring guides to making spectrum work in the public interest.

August 26, 2022

Rural Broadband Infrastructure Should Fund People Wherever They Are

Future broadband funding should target those who need it, even if they live in cities or the suburbs.

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.

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Recent Events and Presentations

November 14, 2022

Building the Pipeline: Auction Authority and Spectrum Allocation in the United States

Joe Kane joins a panel speaking on what is being done to ensure spectrum is put to its best and highest use, and if there is enough spectrum to keep pace with demand and innovation.

September 27, 2022

“Digital Discrimination” Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Joe Kane, Director of Broadband and Spectrum Policy at ITIF, moderated a discussion on the FCC’s ongoing efforts to effectuate this portion of the statute and how policymakers can best achieve the goal of equitable broadband deployment.

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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