Jon M. Peha-Engineering and Public Policy - Carnegie Mellon University

Jon M. Peha

Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: Baker Hall 129B
Phone: (412) 268-7126
Research Interests: Technology and policy issues of computer and telecommunications networks, electronic commerce, and technology policy.


  • Carnegie Mellon 1991-


  • Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering, minor in Computer Science), Stanford University, 1991
  • M.S. (Electrical Engineering), Stanford University, 1986
  • B.Sc./B.A. (Engineering/Computer Science) 1984, Brown University


Professor Peha's research addresses social and policy issues that are inseparable from the technological evolution of computer and telecommunications networks. One such area is wireless systems. A shortage of available spectrum impedes the creation of valuable new wireless products and services. This shortage can be greatly alleviated through new regulations that take advantage of emerging technology. Another area of wireless research concerns the communications systems used by emergency responders, such as firefighters, paramedics, and police. Changes to both technologies and policies associated with these systems can save lives, as well lowering costs and conserving spectrum.

Professor Peha’s research interests also include broadband networks, which have blurred the traditional distinctions between Internet, cable TV, and telephony. Research issues include policies intended to promote fair and open competition, universal service policies intended to help underserved communities and individuals (in both developed and developing countries), policies intended to advance security or privacy, and pre-convergence policies ranging from wiretap laws to common carriage that must be reimagined as networks shift to IP (Internet protocol) technology.

Evolution of wireless and broadband networks can spark the creation of new applications that revolutionize industries and policies. In this realm, Professor Peha is researching the dissemination of copyrighted material over broadband networks, and its technical and policy implications. He has also considered Internet payment systems, and the related complexities of bringing financial services to people without bank accounts, enforcing tax law on electronic commerce, protecting privacy, enhancing security, and combating fraud. Broadband has also facilitated the growth of less desirable applications, such as spyware, spam, and viruses, that must be considered.


  1. J. M. Peha, "Sharing Spectrum through Spectrum Policy Reform and Cognitive Radio,"Proceedings of the IEEE, to appear in 2008 or 2009.
  2. J. M. Peha, "How America's Fragmented Approach to Public Safety Wastes Money and Spectrum," Telecommunications Policy, Nov. 2007.
  3. J. M. Peha, "The Benefits and Risks of Mandating Network Neutrality, and the Quest for a Balanced Policy," International Journal of Communication, 2007.
  4. M. G. Morgan and J. M. Peha, Science and Technology Advice for Congress, RFF Press, 2003.
  5. J. M. Peha, Bringing Broadband to Unserved Communities, Brookings Institution Press, July 2008.
  6. A. Mateus and J. M. Peha, "Dimensions of P2P and Digital Piracy in a University Campus," Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, Sept. 2008.