Disruption and Competition in the Consumer Video Market – Good or Bad for American Consumers?


November 16, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST


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There’s no shortage of headlines regarding the 2016 election. Another, perhaps unexpected, topic doesn’t trail far behind when it comes to dominating the news cycle: the seismic shifts underway in the consumer video market.The richest man in China has just made a bid to buy Don Clark Productions, reaffirming the adage that ‘content is king.’  Cable looks like it’s finally going to experience head-on competition in more markets across the country if regulators approve AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner.  Putting premium content onto more screens and mobile devices is clearly where the video business is heading.  But what does it all mean for consumers?  Will they begin to experience never-before-possible content enhancements like virtual reality on mobile?  What comes of the burgeoning market for over-the-top content?  When will mobile platforms become the primary means for consumer video consumption? And how should we evaluate competition as multiple industries converge? Please join us as we convene an esteemed panel on Wednesday, November 16th at 2:00 PM EDT for a webinar discussion on these issues and their impact to consumers, businesses and the state of competition today.


  • Morgan Reed, is the Executive Director of ACT | The App Association in Washington, DC.
  • Brent Skorup, is a Research Fellow in the Technology Policy Program of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Arlington, VA.
  • Nicol Turner-Lee, is a Fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
  • Moderator: Barry Umansky, Senior Research Fellow and Senior Policy Counsel at the Digital Policy Institute and Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University.


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Brent Skorup is a Research Fellow in the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research topics include wireless policy, new media regulation, competition, and telecommunications.

He has authored pieces for law reviews, National Affairs, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Wired, Reuters, and elsewhere. His research and commentary has appeared in news outlets like C-SPAN, NPR, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Vox, and Bloomberg.

Brent has a BA in economics from Wheaton College and a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law. He was formerly the Director of Research at the Information Economy Project, a law and economics research center.


Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is a Fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution.  The Center is part of Brookings’ Governance Studies program.  Her core research interests are digital technology access, equity, and emerging digital use cases, such as online activism.

Prior to this role, Dr. Turner-Lee was Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a 30-year old minority media advocacy organization, where she was responsible for designing and implementing its research and policy agenda.  In this role, she developed the policy and research agenda and worked with civil rights, government, corporations and other stakeholders to strategize and operationalize MMTC’s work.

Before joining MMTC, she was President and CEO of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), a national membership association that educates, advocates and empowers for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry through pipeline development, hiring and retention.

Prior to NAMIC, Dr. Turner-Lee was Vice President and the first Director of the Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions whose work focuses on issues of concern to African Americans and other people of color.  At the Joint Center, Dr. Turner-Lee created the first “National Minority Broadband Adoption Study” that was cited in the Federal Communications Commission’s congressionally mandated National Broadband Plan as well as a subsequent report detailing the information needs of communities.

Dr. Turner-Lee is an appointee to the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP) by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda.  She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Gender Equity in STEM for Women and Girls at Arizona State University.  Dr. Turner-Lee graduated with honors from Colgate University, has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.


Morgan Reed is Executive Director of ACT – The App Association.   He is a widely known and respected expert on the government impact on technology innovation. As ACT’s Executive Director, Morgan specializes in issues involving application development relating to privacy, intellectual property, competition, and small business innovation.

His expertise and knowledge has been sought by the House and Senate in multiple hearings while his commentary and insight is a major draw for news networks including Fox Business News, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and ABC. He is consistently quoted in the trade and popular press, ranging from the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post to Ars Technica and Slashdot.

Morgan has authored and contributed to several white papers dealing with applications development and government, including “A Crash Course on Open Source” and “A Software Developer’s Guide to the DMCA.” He was part of the developer team for the Linux Router Project (LEAF), and remains an active Apple and iOS licensed developer.

His recent work has focused on outreach to app developers to address concerns about privacy in the mobile marketplace. As Congress and the FTC have devoted considerable efforts to rewrite and update online privacy regulations, Morgan has traveled throughout the country to encourage developers to adopt self-regulatory measures, implement privacy policies, and improve data transparency.

Morgan has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Council of mHIMSS, the mobile Health Information Management System Society. mHIMSS serves the health IT community by supporting efforts to embrace and harness the power of mobile health to improve care and control costs. The health care community is seeing dramatic advances in remote care aided by growth in the smartphone and tablet industries.

Morgan has also leveraged ACT’s resources to host innovation workshops across the country. Organizing events with venture capitalists, business leaders and attorneys, he helps to foster innovative new technologies by helping new emerging businesses manage their intellectual property. An organization called Innovators Network emerged from these events and is now comprised of more than 2,000 members.

Before coming to Washington, Morgan worked for a Taiwanese trading company specializing in the manufacture of technology products for the U.S. market. He served as managing director of North American sales, handling bilingual contract negotiation. During his time abroad, Morgan gave lectures in both English and Chinese on various aspects of U.S.-China trade, including building and maintaining long term partnerships in Asia. His expertise on Chinese business practices is regularly sought throughout the administration.


The Digital Policy Institute (DPI) was created in 2004, and serves as a catalyst for research and education on issues relevant to digital media. The purpose of the Institute is to study and provide policy guidance on the structure of, and competition within, electronic communications industries, as well as on issues relating to digital creation, storage, transmission, reception, consumption, and legal protection of information of various forms, including written, voice, data, still images, video, and computer graphics, in the 21st century.For more information at DPI please visit: http://digitalpolicyinstitute.org/Follow DPI on Twitter: @Digital_Policy