New Technology Director Named

Hance Haney, a specialist in telecommunications and technology policy, has been hired to head Discovery Institute’s Technology and Democracy Project. Mr. Haney will be based in Discovery Institute’s Washington, D.C. office.

“Hance Haney’s knowledge in the field of telecommunications and his previous experience on Capitol Hill will be vitally important to our efforts on telecom deregulation in the coming year” said Bruce Chapman, President of Discovery Institute. “This is particularly important given the upcoming Congressional review of the 1996 Telecommunications Act”.

Mr. Haney spent ten years as an aide to Senator Bob Packwood (OR), and advised him in his capacity as chairman of the Senate Communications Subcommittee during the deliberations leading to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He subsequently held various positions with the United States Telecom Association and Qwest Communications. He earned a B.A. in history from Willamette University and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

Discovery’s Technology and Democracy Project, chaired by Senior Fellow George Gilder, supports technology as an engine for economic growth and seeks to free its natural advancement from the burdens of undue government regulation. The program studies the impact of technology in a wide variety of public policy arenas, from transportation to science and culture. Other technology fellows include Mark Ryland, Richard Rahn, John Wohlstetter and Bret Swanson.

“With the addition of Hance Haney, I believe that Discovery Institute has assembled one of the most effective think-tank teams promoting free market technology principles in the country” said Mr. Chapman.

For interviews with Hance Haney, please contact Logan Gage at (202) 682-1201.

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