This week, the newly created White House American Technology Council convened a series of policy discussions on the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), something I have discussed here in the past. The news is a welcome and timely development, given the breakneck speed at which IoT technologies are progressing – from driverless cars, to remote […]
A recent University of Pennsylvania Law School and Penn’s Center for Technology study only confirms what we have already known for some time. As we have written before and again, and based on the long list of previous municipal failures identified in FCC filings, government-run monopolies are bad investments for consumers and taxpayers. This piece, […]
A recent study of Internet traffic conducted by Cisco reveals encouraging signs of progress for the applications and technologies that benefit consumers. However, there are areas of regulatory shortcoming that need attention to prevent undermining these benefits. We have already seen smartphones become dominant over wired devices for Internet access. By 2021, wired devices connected […]
Maryland residents have benefitted dramatically from smart, balanced freight rail regulations. This has made goods cheaper, created jobs and helped major economic hubs like the Port of Baltimore thrive. As activity increases at Maryland’s ports, it is vital for the state’s economy and consumers that the right rules are in place that will help freight […]
US consumers rely on 19.63 million barrels of crude oil and 78 trillion British thermal units of natural gas per day for transportation and electrical power generation. A few years ago, those staggering amounts were priced at more than twice today’s level. The lower prices are a result of US fracking and horizontal drilling. Those […]
Some malls are dying, but not all. Despite scary headlines about the demise of malls, TV and internet shopping, urbanization, and the attitudes of younger consumers, some malls are prospering. “Simon, GGP and Taubman are owners of the highest quality mall REIT portfolios, reported a particularly positive fourth quarter [in 2016]… occupancy continues to exceed […]
The House and Senate are considering legislation to speed entry of generic competition into the market as a means to provide greater patient access and lower prescription costs for consumers. The Senate and the House coalition letter are available online. Simply put, what the CREATES Act represents is a market-based way that contributes to giving […]
Twelve groups — including the National Wildlife Federation, R-Street Institute, National Housing Conference and American Rivers — sent a letter to the Financial Services Committee urging support for various efforts to reform the National Flood Insurance Program, which is currently over $20 billion in debt. The letter is available online.
Today, a coalition of 45 nonprofit organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging the repeal of Obamacare taxes. The letter is available online.
In a recently-conducted public opinion poll, internet giant Mozilla found that there is wide, bipartisan support for net neutrality and open internet principles. Yep, Net neutrality is a popular concept, even cable association NCTA released a survey saying this much. This isn’t new, nor does it really have anything to do with the core issue […]