FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced December 27, 2012 the appointment of Michigan State University Professor Steven Wildman as the agency's new chief economist.
Dr. Wildman is currently Director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law and Acting Chair of the Department of Media and Information(TISM) within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
Steve Wildman is so highly regarded internationally for his expertise and scholarship on economics and policy across communication industries. He will serve the FCC and the ever-changing communications sector well, said Pamela Whitten, dean of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences.
Michigan State is delighted to have one of our faculty appointed to this position and greatly appreciates Dr. Wildman's leadership and impressive scholarly contributions to the field and our students over the past several years, Whitten added.
Wildman first joined the faculty of MSU in 1999, after serving as an associate professor of Communication Studies and director of the Program in Telecommunications Science, Management and Policy at Northwestern University. He has served as senior economist with Economists Incorporated, and as an assistant professor of Economics at UCLA.
The new technologies reshaping the communications sector have also created immense and fascinating challenges to policy development. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate more directly in the policy process, noted Wildman about his new appointment.
He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Stanford University as well as a B.A. from Wabash College. His teachings and research has included rights and regulations for new communications technologies, understanding broadband adoption and use, the economics of Internet video distribution, and delivering digital content over mobile networks.
Chairman Genachowski noted in the FCC announcement that Wildman has a stellar record as an economist and has conducted important research on broadband adoptions and spectrum management, among other topics. The Chief Economist's role and office are critical to the agency's work and its understanding of complex economic issues related to the communications sector.
Wildman has received numerous honors and fellowships including the Journal of Media Economics Award of Honor for Scholarly Contributions and Inspiration to the Field of Media Economics and the Distinguished Research Award from the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association. He has served as both an Ameritech and National Science Foundation Fellow.
He is highly published, authoring several books and contributing to numerous journals, as well as serving on the editorial boards for the Journal of Media Economics; Telecommunications Policy; International Journal of Media Management; Information, Economics and Policy; and the International Journal of Digital Television.