Why can’t we get packages or food delivered via drone to our doorstep?  The simple answer is regulatory uncertainty.  Drones are regulated by a host of local rules that govern where they can and cannot fly, including prohibitions of flying at a low altitude over private property.  Until a feasible policy solution is suggested and tested, drone operation will remain very limited.

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

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