Dennis Weller, Affiliate
Dennis Weller is an Affiliate at Navigant Economics. He has been a leading expert on the economics of telecommunications and information technology for thirty years, most recently as Chief Economist at Verizon. He has served as an expert witness in state and federal regulatory proceedings, and has represented Verizon in industry negotiations, in policy discussions with senior leaders in the US and around the world, and in the work of international organizations such as the OECD.
Mr. Weller's recent work has focused on policy toward next-generation networks and IP-enabled services. This work has included international comparisons of the performance of broadband and mobile markets, the effects of new technology on consumer behavior and the structure of markets for digital content, and the effects of new information technology on innovation and economic growth.
Mr. Weller has also been a leader in efforts to reform telecom regulation. He created a proposal to use market forces to reform the FCC's universal service program. He was one of the principal negotiators in the development of a consensus industry proposal to restructure industry charges worth about $30 billion dollars a year – a plan that was adopted by the FCC in 2000, and which continues in effect today.
Prior to the creation of Verizon in 2000, Mr. Weller served as Chief Economist at GTE, and in various roles at AT&T. In addition to his work on public policy issues, he has also provided expert guidance on pricing strategy and new product development. Mr. Weller did his undergraduate work in economics at the University of Colorado, and his graduate study in economics at Stanford, where he also conducted economic research on the criminal justice system at the Hoover Institution under a grant from the US Department of Justice.
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