Nathan Newman

Telecommunications Expert

Nathan Newman has been analyzing and writing about telecommunications policy for nearly 20 years. Newman received a Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley where his dissertation, then book, Net Loss: Internet Prophets, Private Profits and the Costs to Community, detailed the relationship between telecommunications public policy and local economic development. Harvard Business Review described it as a “provocative case for business civic-mindedness” in the context of the information economy. He also received his J.D. from Yale Law School and has written regularly on the legal aspects of technology policy. From 1991-1996, Newman was co-director of UC-Berkeley’s Center for Community Economic Research, where he wrote regularly about policy around the emerging Internet economy. From 1997-1999, Newman was Program Director at NetAction, a consumer watchdog group, where he was an early advocate for anti-trust scrutiny of Microsoft and other technology policy. Most recently, as Policy Director and the Executive Director of Progressive States Network from 2005-2010, he oversaw the creation of a Broadband Build-out and Technology Investments program to promote state telecommunications policies, including authoring a report on smart grids which was released on Capitol Hill in March 2010 in conjunction with a Capitol Hill press conference headlined by Congressman Ed Markey. His reports on telecommunications and technology policy have been published by multiple organizations and cited nationally in The New York Times, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, Baltimore Sun, Wired, Village Voice, ZDNet, CNet News, San Francisco Chronicle,, Chronicle of Higher Education, MIT’s Technology Review and the American Prospect.