Professor Lyons is an associate professor at Boston College Law School. He specializes in the areas of property, telecommunications and administrative law. Before joining the faculty, Professor Lyons practiced energy, telecommunications, and administrative law at the firm of Munger, Tolles and Olson in Los Angeles. He also clerked for the Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Lyons has participated in rulemaking proceedings before both the Federal Communications Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission and has represented clients in federal and state litigation involving numerous regulatory issues. He has also spoken at workshops nationwide on the effects of technology convergence on telecommunications regulation.
The Challenge of VoIP to Legacy Federal and State Regulatory Regimes, Perspectives from Free State Foundation Scholars (2013)
Internet Policy’s Next Frontier: Data Caps, Tiered Service Plans, and Usage-Based Broadband Pricing, Federal Communications Law Journal (2013)
Usage-based pricing has rapidly become one of the most controversial topics in Internet policy. Both...
Brief for Cato Institute et al. as Amici Curiae Supporting Petitioners, City of Arlington Texas et al. v. Federal Communications Commission et al. (with Cato Institute, Jonathon H. Adler, and Roderick M. Hills), Boston College Law School Faculty Papers (2012)
Contributions to Books
Reforming the Universal Service Fund for the Digital Age, Communications Law and Policy in the Digital Age (2012)
The marketplace and technological changes that have occurred since the last major revision of the...
Net Neutrality Ruling: What are the FCC's Options?, Wall Street Journal Law Blog (2014)
Rethink Possible When it Comes to Wireless Data Plans, US News Economic Intelligence Blog (2014)
From the introduction: The blogosphere has been abuzz this week with AT&T's introduction of a...
Why Usage-Based Broadband Plans May Be Good For You, Lewiston Sun Journal (2013)
This article was also published on the Providence Journal's This New England Blog at http://blogs.providencejournal.com/ri-talks/this-new-england/2013/03/daniel-a-lyons-usage-based-broadband-plans-may-good-for-you.html
Internet Pricing: The Next Policy Frontier, The Hill's Congress Blog (2013)
In the past few years, broadband providers have begun shifting toward tiered service plans (sometimes...
Selected Professional Activities
Response to Questions in the First White Paper, 'Modernizing the Communications Act' (with Randolph J. May, Richard A. Epstein, Justin (Gus) Hurwitz, James B. Speeta, and Christopher S. Yoo), Response to a white paper published by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (2014)
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has begun a process to review and update the...
Panelist and Participant, "Why the Wires Matter: A Broadband Policy Seminar for a New Generation of Scholars", Rutgers University, New York Law School, and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (2013)
The Internet as the World's Biggest Copy Machine, and How Plaintiff's Bar Seeks to Monetize It, American Bar Association Student Division First Circuit 2013 Spring Meeting and Governor Election (2013)
On February 23, 2013, Professor Lyons presented at the First Circuit Spring Meeting of the...