William Lehr - Participant

Dr. William Lehr is a telecommunications/Internet industry economist and policy analyst. He is a research scientist in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology engaged in multidisciplinary research on the economic and policy challenges confronting the evolving Internet ecosystem. As part of CSAIL's Advanced Network Architecture (ANA) group and in conjunction with such projects as the Communications Futures Program (http://cfp.mit.edu), Dr. Lehr is engaged in a range of industry-academic research projects focusing on the economic and policy implications of key Internet trends such as the rise of mobile broadband and the implications for media and Internet infrastructure industry structure and business strategies; the challenges of transitioning legacy universal service and interconnection regulation as the broadband Internet becomes the new PSTN; the commercialization challenges for wireless technologies for spectrum sharing and spectrum management reform; the growth of Big Data and the challenges for Internet measurement, management and evidence-based decision-making; and the security and identity management challenges of transitioning to future Internet architectures.

Previously, Dr. Lehr was the associate director of the MIT Research Program on Internet & Telecoms Convergence and was an associate research scholar and assistant professor on the faculty of Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He teaches courses on the economics, business strategy, and public policy issues facing telecommunications, Internet, and eCommerce companies, and is a frequent speaker at international industry and academic conferences. He has published articles on such topics as measuring the economic impact of broadband, the pricing of Internet services, telecommunications regulation, and spectrum policy and wireless architectures. Dr. Lehr holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford (1992), an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School (1985), and M.S.E. (1984), B.S. (1979) and B.A. (1979) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.



Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Economist & Research Scientist