Harold Furchtgott-Roth Biography

Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Commisioner, Federal Communications Commission, 1919 M Street, NW, Washington, DC,  202-418-2000.

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Furchtgott-Roth is the only Commissioner who is not a lawyer, and the one most supportive of deregulation, and limiting the regulatory authority of the FCC. He opposes the FCC's use of its authority to approve license transfers to conduct competitive analysis of mergers which duplicates the antitrust merger review process of the Department of Justice. He has also long been a critic of the FCC's handling of the Schools and Libraries Program.

Furchtgott-Roth was sworn in on November 3, 1997. His term ends June 30, 2000.

Previously, Commissioner Furchtgott-Roth was the Chief Economist for the House Committee on Commerce. He was a Senior Economist for Economists Incorporated from 1988-1995 and, before that, he served as a Research Analyst for the Center for Naval Analyses.

This page was last updated on January 26, 2000.

He was born in Knoxville, TN.  He received an S.B. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. He is a member of the American Economics Association and the Econometrics Society.

His Senior Legal Advisor and Chief of Staff is Helgi Walker.


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