Randolph J. May

President, The Free State Foundation

Mr. May is President of The Free State Foundation. The Free State Foundation is an independent, non-profit Maryland-based free market-oriented think tank.


From October 1999-May 2006, May was a Senior Fellow and Director of Communications Policy Studies at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington, DC-based think tank. Prior to joining PFF, he practiced communications, administrative, and regulatory law as a partner at major national law firms. From 1978 to 1981, May served as Assistant General Counsel and Associate General Counsel at the Federal Communication Commission.


May has held numerous leadership positions in bar associations, and he is a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.  Mr. May also served as Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States.


Mr. May has written regular columns on legal and regulatory affairs for Legal Times and the National Law Journal, leading national legal periodicals.  He has published more than one hundred articles and essays on communications, administrative and constitutional law topics. In addition, he is the co-editor of two books, Net Neutrality or Net Neutering: Should Broadband Internet Services Be Regulated? and Communications Deregulation and FCC Reform.


Mr. May is an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University School of Law. He received his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D. from Duke Law School, where he serves as a member of the Board of Visitors.

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Publications and Multimedia
The FCC Threatens the Rule of Law: A Focus on Agency Enforcement and Merger Review Abuses
Federalist Society Review, Volume 17, Issue 2
May 23, 2016
What's the Download on Municipal Broadband? - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
September 22, 2015
Congress Begins to Consider a New Communications Act
Engage Volume 15, Issue 2
October 27, 2014
Net Neutrality: The Power to Act - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
August 04, 2014
Communications Act Reform - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
March 19, 2014
The Internet: To Regulate, or Not to Regulate - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
February 21, 2014
The FCC and the States: A Division of Authority - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
November 06, 2013
The Role of Public Utility Commissions - Event Audio
2006 Telecommunications Federalism Conference
May 03, 2006
Government--Friend or Foe of E-Commerce? - Transcript
Fight The Future? Government Regulation and Technological Progress
October 18, 2001