Brent Skorup

Senior Research Fellow

Mercatus Center, George Mason University

Brent Skorup

Senior Research Fellow

Mercatus Center, George Mason University

Brent Skorup is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research areas include transportation technology, telecommunications, aviation, and wireless policy. He serves on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, as a drone law adviser to the Virginia Department of Aviation, and on the Texas DOT’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.

The White House, the FCC, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and a dissenting opinion at the Illinois Supreme Court have cited his research. In addition to economics and law journal publications, he has authored pieces for National Affairs, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Air Traffic Management magazine, Regulation magazine, and elsewhere. He’s appeared as a TV and radio interview guest for news outlets like C-SPAN, NPR, CBS News, ABC News, and CNBC Asia.

Brent has a BA in economics from Wheaton College and a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law, where he was articles editor for the Civil Rights Law Journal. He was a legal clerk at the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and at the Energy and Commerce Committee in the US House of Representatives. Before joining Mercatus, he was the Director of Research at the Information Economy Project, a law and economics university research center.

Contributions

The Growing Legal Controversy About Drone Trespass

Brent Skorup

June 8, 2021

Can homeowners prevent drones from flying above their property? Is a drone that does so trespassing?

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Deep Dive Episode 174 – Legal Issues for Commercial Drones: Privacy, Property Rights, and Federalism

April 28, 2021

Experts debate the issues of privacy, property rights, and federalism that have been raised the proliferation of commercial drones.

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New FAA Drone Rules: A Step in the Right Direction

Brent Skorup

January 20, 2021

The FAA’s new commercial drone regulations are cautious and incremental, but represent a major improvement by routinizing long-distance commercial drone operations.

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Deep Dive Episode 153 – Reboot Conversations: The Future of Drone Policy

December 29, 2020

An expert panel discusses the future of drone policy in a Lincoln Network Reboot Conversation co-sponsored by the Regulatory Transparency Project.

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Tech Roundup Episode 12 – Airspace and Drone Regulations

December 16, 2020

Brent Skorup discusses the current state of drone technology and the history of airspace and drone regulations in the United States.

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Washington or the States: Who Has the Authority to Regulate Commercial Drone Flights?

July 15, 2020

Commercial drone services are evolving rapidly but who regulates how and where they operate? The Federal Aviation Administration is authorized to oversee “navigable airspace.” On the other hand, drones fly low to the ground which would implicate property rights, which are governed by state laws. How might these regulatory issues be assessed and resolved, and how could they affect the future of drone technology and usage?

Brent Skorup is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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Explainer Episode 13 – COVID-19 Contact-Tracing and Data Privacy

May 12, 2020

In this episode, Jennifer Huddleston and Brent Skorup discuss how contact-tracing might work here, what privacy concerns it might involve, and what it means for data privacy going forward.

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Tech Roundup Episode 9 – COVID-19 and the Internet: A Conversation with Ajit Pai

April 27, 2020

In this episode, Ajit Pai joins Adam Theirer and Brent Skorup to discuss the principles driving the Federal Communications Commission in recent years, the “Keep Americans Connected” pledge, and how things have changed for the FCC in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tech Roundup Episode 4 – The Future of Drone Policy: A Discussion with Sen. Mike Lee

November 5, 2019

In this episode, Adam Thierer and Brent Skorup speak with Senator Mike Lee on the current state of drone regulation. The senator speaks to his proposal for a cooperative, federal solution to regulatory holdup in drone technology innovation.

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Deep Dive Episode 34 – Net Neutrality and Federalism

July 13, 2018

Justin “Gus” Hurwitz (University of Nebraska College of Law), Brent Skorup (Mercatus Center), and Geoffrey A. Manne (International Center for Law & Economics) discuss questions surrounding recent state efforts to enforce net neutrality principles after the FCC’s decision in 2017 to eliminate common carrier regulations.

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Emerging Technology in Transportation

May 23, 2018

On Friday, May 18, 2018, the Regulatory Transparency Project and Capitol Hill Chapter of the Federalist Society co-sponsored a panel discussion on emerging technology legislation. Experts explored drone delivery, autonomous vehicles, flight sharing, and more.

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Deep Dive Episode 15 – Exploring Net Neutrality and the Implications of Repeal

December 13, 2017

Brent Skorup (Mercatus Center) discusses the history of the net neutrality movement, the 2015 rules, the First Amendment issues at stake, and the effect of repealing the rules.

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