European Competitive Telecommunications Association

J. Scott Marcus

Senior Fellow, Bruegel

J. Scott Marcus is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based macroeconomics think tank. He also works as an independent consultant dealing with policy and regulatory issues related to electronic communications, media and ICTs. He is best known as an economist, but his academic training is as a political scientist (with a specialty in public administration) and as an engineer. Mr. Marcus is based in Brussels, Belgium, and in Bonn, Germany.

Current and past private consulting clients have included the European Parliament; the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF); the International Telecommunications Union (ITU); national regulatory authorities of Bahrain, Jamaica, and Namibia; Systra (the systems engineering arm of the French rail system); and various market players. 

From July 2005 to August 2015, he served as a Director for WIK-Consult GmbH (the consulting arm of the WIK, a research institute in economics and regulatory policy for network industries, located in Bad Honnef, Germany). From 2001 to 2005, he served as Senior Advisor for Internet Technology for the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a position equivalent in rank to the Chief Economist or Chief Technologist. In 2004, the FCC loaned Mr. Marcus to the European Commission (to what was then DG INFSO) pursuant to a grant from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to working for the FCC, he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Genuity, Inc. (GTE Internetworking), one of the world's largest Internet backbone service providers at that time.

In early 2014, Mr. Marcus served on a panel of three experts appointed by Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta to review the state of broadband infrastructure in Italy and prospects for achieving European broadband goals. Mr. Marcus is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Communications and Media program at the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), a unit of the European University Institute (EUI) / Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS). He is also a Fellow of GLOCOM (the Center for Global Communications, a research institute of the International University of Japan). He has served as co-editor for public policy and regulation for IEEE Communications Magazine. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has served on the Meetings and Conference Board of the IEEE Communications Society from 2001 through 2005 and as Chair of IEEE CNOM. He served on the board of the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) from 2000 to 2002. 

He is the author of numerous papers and of a book on data network design: Designing Wide Area Networks and Internetworks: A Practical Guide, Addison Wesley, 1999. Much of Scott's published work is interdisciplinary, combining economic, public policy, and technological analysis.

Mr. Marcus holds a B.A. in Political Science (Public Administration) from the City College of New York, and an M.S. from the School of Engineering, Columbia University.

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