James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Why I Love High-Speed Trading

Separately, and along with my colleagues Aaron Brown, Michael Mendelson and Hitesh Mittal, I have written several articles on high-frequency trading. We believe HFT has lowered investors’ trading costs and that many of the attacks on it are misguided. We have expressed concern that our fragmented, domestic trading infrastructure is technologically risky and due for a hard look, separate from allegations about HFT. Finally, we’ve noted the obvious: that while defending HFT broadly, we can't and wouldn't vouch that each HFT trader acts lawfully and ethically (nor would we do so for each Good Humor ice cream salesman).