Brent Skorup joins Mercatus Tech Policy Program

by on October 24, 2013 · 1 comment

Brent SkorupAdam, Eli, and I are very happy to announce that Brent Skorup joined us this week as a research fellow at Mercatus. He will focus on telecommunications, radio spectrum, and media issues, which will help round out our existing portfolio of work on privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, Internet governance, and innovation policy.

Brent has written Mercatus research papers on federal spectrum policy, cronyism in the technology sector, and antitrust standards in the tech economy. Brent also has a forthcoming paper co-authored with Thomas Hazlett on the lessons of LightSquared. His work has appeared in several law reviews, The Hill, US News & World Report, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, and San Francisco Chronicle. He also blogs here at Tech Liberation.

With the ongoing debate at the federal level over how to efficiently use radio spectrum, Brent has proposed establishing a congressional commission to determine spectrum allocation for federal users and put up newly available spectrum for auction. He has also called for having an agency similar to the General Services Administration take ownership of federal spectrum and “rent” it to agencies at a fair market value.

Brent previously served as director of operations and research for the Information Economy Project at the George Mason University School of Law, applying law and economics to telecommunications policy. He has a BA in economics from Wheaton College and received his JD at Mason.

  • cbarneym

    To Jerry Brito,

    I was attempting to find a way to contact Brent Skorup so I could respond to his article, “If You’re Reliant on the Internet, You Loathe Net Neutrality.” The “Comments” at bottom of article did not take me anywhere; then I came across your page where I could make a comment. Thus I am making the following comment on your page.

    You page indicates you want t keep politicians hands of the “net,” BUT, you are ignoring the corporate hand; I know you people are brilliant and not ignorant, so by opposing net neutrality you must be paid of by the plutocrats.


    To Brent Skorup,

    You, T.W. Hazlett, and FTC J. Wright are wrong when you claim the FCC intervened in broadband markets when all they did is to make official what had been unofficial for years. I.E. not allowing corporations to make the internet like cable and thereby keeping them from putting their greedy little hands in consumer pockets.

    It does not matter that the first net neutrality offender was “diminutive MetroPCS,” the resulting internet speed regulation and pricing tiers for some mobile internet services will have the same long term affect on price and speed structure no matter what size company puts speed and price tiers on the internet.

    Moreover, now that T-Mobile bought MetroPCS the writing, that you deny, is on the wall. The more mobile internet becomes like home-based internet, the more corporations will demand the same pricing structure for both mobile and home internet use. You can bet your life on it.

    There was net neutrality during the Bush years, years in which the internet was free of corporate interference regarding transmission speed and Net Neutrality will keep it that way. In fact, net neutrality is about NOT ALLOWING corporations (Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon, etc) to control the internet and set speeds according to who pays them the most money The only way government will “ruin it” is if Democratic DINOS and Republican Congressmen allow it to happen by opposing Net Neutrality.

    “Remember, the Internet as we know it today was created by the US Government with the High Speed Computing and Communications Act of 1991. Until 1993 the National Science Foundation (NSF) owned and operated the commercial Internet. In 1993 control of the Internet was leased to the original telcos (AT&T, MCI, Pacific Bell, Bell Atlantic) with the understanding that the Internet be operated in the public interest.”

    I doubt that you are as ignorant of the truth as you write, but just in case I suggest, for your elucidation, that you read the following link to 8/7/10 PCWorld article:
    “Net Neutrality: What’s the Price,?”

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