William Rinehart

Senior Research Fellow

Center for Growth and Opportunity

William Rinehart

Senior Research Fellow

Center for Growth and Opportunity

William Rinehart is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University.

He specializes in telecommunication, Internet, and data policy, with a focus on emerging technologies and innovation. His work has appeared in The Wall Street JournalBloombergWiredMorning ConsultThe HillForbesReasonMarginal RevolutionOverlawyered, and on BBC Radio and NPR, just to name a few. Rinehart speaks regularly on topics related to tech policy and has been cited in regulatory orders from the FCC as well as Supreme Court petitions.

Rinehart came to the Center from the American Action Forum, where he served as Director of Technology and Innovation Policy. He was also previously a Research Fellow at TechFreedom and the Director of Operations at the International Center for Law & Economics. Additionally, he worked for the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement as the Research Assistant in Technology and Civic Engagement. Rinehart is currently a Frédéric Bastiat Fellow at the Mercatus Center and previously a Fellow at the Internet Law & Policy Foundry. Additionally, he served on the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Deployment Committee and Consumer Advocacy Committee.

Contributions

Why Capitalists in Space Are Good for Americans’ Future

William Rinehart and Adam Thierer

August 5, 2021

Discouraging private space exploration would be a step backwards and undo positive reforms that have made space more accessible and affordable.”

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The Price of Privacy: A Debate over Corporate Surveillance

September 16, 2020

Data is being collected on each of us every day by the apps that we use, the websites that we visit, and the services we subscribe to. How is this data used by companies and organizations? What is the difference between data security and data privacy? Where should the balance be struck between privacy and the benefits of increased data collection? This video will discuss these questions and more.

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Deep Dive Episode 81 – Vertical Integration in Broadcasting: A Cause for Concern?

November 8, 2019

What can the United States learn from Canada, a broadcasting market with higher levels of vertical integration and cross-media ownership? Brad Danks and William Rinehart discuss in a conversation moderated by Paul Beaudry.

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Tech Roundup Episode 1 – The Brave New World of Deep Fakes

August 29, 2019

What are deep fakes, and what are the societal and political implications of their emergence? What challenges do they present to regulators? These and other questions are explored in this episode.

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The Flaws in the Latest Proposal to Break Up Big Tech

William Rinehart

May 15, 2019

Sen. Warren essentially calls for a return to the regulatory structure of “the Gilded Age…” But the era’s efforts to pull apart companies hardly make an exemplary record.

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Antitrust is Hot Again – A Conversation on Populist, Hipster, and More Antitrust Policy Monikers

William Rinehart

May 3, 2019

In March, the Pepperdine Law Review cohosted a symposium with the Regulatory Transparency Project on “Regulating Tech: Present Challenges and Possible Solutions”. Babette Bullock, Chief Economist for the FCC, began her panel by observing that antitrust is a hot topic again, appearing under several names such as populist, hipster, or EU style antitrust policy. Will Rinehart started his remarks with an accessible overview of the subject, and we have transcribed his comments to share them with you.

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Deep Dive Episode 42 – Populist Antitrust

April 4, 2019

In this panel, the speakers debate varying standards for antitrust rule-making and enforcement. The merits of the Neo-Brandeisian “populist” approach are weighed against more recent “consumer-welfare” standards.

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Pepperdine Law Review’s 2019 Symposium: Populist Antitrust

March 21, 2019

Today’s regulatory landscape presents challenges for public and private entities. Private actors are often faced with conflicting, ambiguous, or altogether absent regulatory frameworks. Is it possible for them to overcome these challenges while delivering the creativity and innovation the marketplace demands? How can government regulators and legislators avoid stifling opportunity, function more efficiently, and enact and enforce sensible and effective regulatory schemes?

Pepperdine Law Review’s 2019 Symposium, in partnership with the Regulatory Transparency Project, explored these vital questions from both the academic and practical perspectives. The second panel of the symposium focused on the current debate over the future of antitrust enforcement.

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