Harold Furchtgott-Roth founded Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises in 2003. He frequently comments on issues related to the communications sector of the economy. From 2001-2003, Mr. Furchtgott-Roth was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he completed the writing of A Tough Act to Follow, a book about the difficulties implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
From 1997 through 2001, Mr. Furchtgott-Roth served as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. In that capacity, he served on the Joint Board on Universal Service. He is one of the few economists to have served as a federal regulatory commissioner, and the only one to have served on the Federal Communications Commission.
Before his appointment to the FCC, he was chief economist for the House Committee on Commerce and a principal staff member on the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Earlier in his career, he was a senior economist with Economists Incorporated and a research analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses.
Mr. Furchtgott-Roth is a member of the Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Policy Advisory Board. He is the coauthor of three books: Cable TV: Regulation or Competition, with R.W. Crandall, The Brookings Institution, 1996; Economics of A Disaster: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, with B.M. Owen et al, Quorum Books, 1995; and International Trade in Computer Software, with S.E. Siwek, Quorum Books, 1993.