Mr. Zarakas is an expert on economic and regulatory matters in the telecom, media, and energy industries.

Mr. Zarakas holds a leadership role in Brattle’s Telecommunications, Internet, and Media practice. He has provided expert reports and testimonies in a range of regulatory proceedings concerning the economic analysis of mergers among telecom carriers and media companies; competition in telecom markets; forbearance from price regulation; infrastructure access, sharing and pricing arrangements; the economics and financial feasibility of deploying broadband networks; analysis and valuation of wireless spectrum bands and holdings; and the distribution of royalties and retransmission fees in the cable and satellite TV industries.

Mr. Zarakas also leads much of Brattle’s work related to evolving utility regulatory and business models, including the application of performance-based regulation (PBR) and regulatory reform and incentives designed to improve efficiencies and advance policy goals, such as decarbonization and customer engagement. He works extensively on benefit-cost analyses, particularly with respect to investments in grid modernization, reliability, resilience, and smartening the grid. He has authored a wide range of reports and articles on PBR, “utility of the future” visions and implementation, the utility platform and multi-sided markets, and competition in the retail electricity sector.

Additionally, Mr. Zarakas has led special investigations on behalf of corporate boards of directors, as well as audits of management practices and operational and financial performance on behalf of regulatory commissions. He has provided expert testimony and reports before the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Copyright Royalty Judges (Library of Congress), the US Congress, state regulatory agencies, arbitration panels, and foreign governments and courts of law.

Practices
Education

New York University, MA in Economics

State University of New York, BA in Economics

Testimony

Nexstar Media Group Acquisition of Tribune Media Company
July 11, 2019

William Zarakas, Jeremy Verlinda

Reply Declaration (July 11, 2019) of William Zarakas and Dr. Jeremy Verlinda Before the Federal Communications Commission in the Matter of Consolidated Applications to Transfer Control of Tribune Media Company to Nexstar Media Group, Inc., MB Docket No. 19-30.

T-Mobile US Acquisition of Sprint Corporation
December 4, 2018; January 28, 2019; February 19, 2019; February 20, 2019; March 6, 2019; March 18, 2019; March 25, 2019; March 28, 2019; April 12, 2019; May 1, 2019

Coleman Bazelon, Jeremy Verlinda, William Zarakas

Declarations of Coleman Bazelon, Jeremy Verlinda, and William Zarakas Before the Federal Communications Commission In the Matter of Applications of T-Mobile US, Inc. and Sprint Corporation for Consent to Transfer Control of Licenses and Authorizations, WT Docket No. 18-197. May 1, 2019, Response to Israel, Katz, and Keating April 12, 2019 Declaration; March 28, 2019, Response to Compass Lexecon February 20, 2019 Declaration and Mark McDiarmid; March 6, 2019 Declaration; March 25, 2019, Response to Applicants’ February 7 Filings on Diversion Ratios; March 18, 2019, Reply to Cornerstone’s “Response to Dish’s February 19 and 25 Submissions;” February 19, 2019, Reply to Cornerstone “Response to Dish and CWA Comments;” February 4, 2019, Network Model’s Sensitivity to Millimeter Wave Adjustments; January 28, 2019, Response to Applicant Filings on Diversion Ratios; December 4, 2018, Further Reply Declaration of Coleman Bazelon, Jeremy Verlinda, and William Zarakas.

T-Mobile US Acquisition of Sprint Corporation
August 27, 2018; October 31, 2018

Coleman Bazelon, Jeremy Verlinda, William Zarakas, Joseph Harrington

Declaration (August 27, 2018) and Reply Declaration (October 31, 2018) of Joseph Harrington, Coleman Bazelon, Jeremy Verlinda, and William Zarakas Before the Federal Communications Commission In the Matter of Applications of T-Mobile US, Inc. and Sprint Corporation for Consent to Transfer Control of Licenses and Authorizations, WT Docket No. 18-197.

Tribune Media Company Acquisition of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc
August 7, 2017 and August 29, 2017

William Zarakas, Jeremy Verlinda

Declaration and Reply Declaration of William P. Zarakas and Jeremy A. Verlinda In the Matter of Tribune Media Company (Transferor) and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Transferee) Consolidated Applications for Consent of Transfer Control Before the Federal Communications Commission MB Docket No. 12-179.