Brent Skorup

Brent Skorup

  • Research Fellow

Brent Skorup is a research fellow in the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research topics include radio spectrum rights, antitrust, new media regulation, and telecommunications. He has provided expert commentary for outlets like C-SPAN and The Washington Post. His work has appeared in several law reviews, WIRED, RealClearMarkets, The Hill, and elsewhere. He also contributes to the Technology Liberation Front, a leading technology policy blog. Brent has a BA in economics from Wheaton College and a JD from the George Mason University School of Law.  He was formerly the Director of Operations and Research at the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law, a research center that applies law and economics to telecommunications policy in Arlington, Virginia. 

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Expert Commentary

Feb 24, 2014

In the early decades of the NFL and other major sports leagues, believe it or not, many teams were losing money and the leagues needed to improve ticket sales. An infamous 1952 game between the Chicago Bears and now-defunct Dallas Texans drew only 3,000 fans on Thanksgiving Day. By blacking out game broadcasts in home cities, the NFL and other major sports leagues believed, reasonably, they could improve stadium attendance.
Feb 20, 2014

The initial reaction to media mega-mergers is typically a mix of fear and dread with calls for regulatory intervention - and that's certainly true of Comcast's recently announced acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The proposed $45.2 billion combination of these two cable and Internet giants already set off waves of panic.
Feb 17, 2014

The practice of one party subsidizing a customer’s consumption is common in many industries. Particularly for media, information, and publishing, companies — a business model that represents or touches every major tech company these days.
Feb 12, 2014

We need net neutrality to keep powerful, monopolist Internet Service Providers from holding its customers as a ransom and to prevent carriers from price gouging content companies. Anything less means speech suppression, collusive content deals, and higher prices. At least, that's how advocates spin net neutrality to get credulous citizens to care about this complex network-engineering issue.
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