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LBJ School Ph.D. Alumnus Named V.P. for Policy Research at TechNet

John Horrigan to Help Set Research Agenda for TechNet’s Member Companies

AUSTIN, Texas-- October 13, 2010-- TechNet announced an office expansion and the hiring of LBJ School alumnus John Horrigan (Ph.D. ‘96, MPAff ‘88). Horrigan will serve as the vice president for policy research for the company, whose focus is to promote the growth of technology and the innovation economy. Horrigan will leave the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where his role centered around the National Broadband Plan, setting the research agenda for the portions of the plan that focused on how to increase the rate of broadband adoption in the U.S.

John Horrigan“That involved designing, fielding and analyzing a national survey on who uses broadband, who doesn’t and why those who don’t adopt broadband at home choose not to,” Horrigan said.

Horrigan gained valuable perspective through his education at the LBJ School.

“Probably the most valuable thing about my time at the LBJ School was learning how to consider public policy problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives,” Horrigan said. “I have found that, oftentimes, policy analysis is shaped by the disciplinary perspective of the analyst rather than the analysis proceeding from a fresh and critical evaluation of the nature of the problem.”

The LBJ School, Horrigan said, taught him critical analytical skills.

“My LBJ School education certainly has given me the analytic skills to tackle problems in a variety of professional settings,” Horrigan said. “That means undertaking data analysis on how people use information technology, but also in thinking critically about how information technology impacts people’s lives in a variety of ways.”

At TechNet, Horrigan will again use those analytical skills to provide quality policy research.

“At TechNet, my role will be to help set the research agenda for member companies in the hardware, software and biotech sectors so that our members’ voice to policymakers rests on the best data and on analysis of tech policy issues,” Horrigan said.