Ray is a former state PUC chairman, think tank president, and First Assistant Attorney General. Through all these “formers,” he has learned a great deal about closely regulated industries from electricity to broadband to natural gas to railroads. His law practice takes him to multiple places: state PUCs, state and federal courts, the FCC, and FERC.
Among his lovably academic quirks is an insistence that every regulatory issue confronted in the 21st Century has as its precursor issues that arose with railroads in the 19th Century. That is to say, the economics of network industries remain fundamentally the same whether it involves railroads, transportation, broadband networks, the electric grid, or gas pipelines. While President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, Ray co-founded the Institute for Regulatory Law and Economics, an annual seminar for state regulators and staff.
He continues to serve as an Executive Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Law School, and regularly teaches a seminar on the law and economics of regulation at CU.