Michael Kotrous is a PhD student in the Department of Economics at the University of Georgia. He is also a Bastiat Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for academic year 2021-2022. Previously, he worked as a Program Manager at the Mercatus Center. He is the co-author of a recent report on rural broadband policy titled “Narrowing the Rural Digital Divide with Consumer Vouchers,” which has been featured in Bloomberg Law and Broadband Breakfast. His popular writings on regulatory and technology policy have appeared in USA Today, POLITICO Magazine, and U.S. News & World Report. Michael earned his B.A. in Economics and Journalism–Advertising at Creighton University in 2015.