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What social media regulation could look like: Think of pipelines, not utilities

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, and his controversial statements and decisions as its owner, have fueled a new wave of calls for regulating social media companies. Elected officials and policy scholars have argued for years that companies like Twitter and

Ted Kury

Expert shares how local utilities can protect electrical infrastructure against threats

The country faces a scary reality after thousands of people in North Carolina lost power due to a “deliberate” attack over the weekend where gunfire damaged two electrical substations. “There’s no way to completely protect the infrastructure,” Director of Energy

Mark Jamison

The New Social Media Playbook

Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison writes on how Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk might use attention and controversies around topics like free speech and misinformation in his Twitter playbook. “If even only a few of my

Ted Kury

As Puerto Rico recovers, we all need to ask how to make grids more resilient

Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury explains how critical it is to make electric grids more resilient before the next big storm.  “A key consideration with a complicated system like the electricity grid is understanding the rights and responsibilities of

Ted Kury

Most Floridians got power back quickly after Ian. But for some the wait has just begun.

In recent decades, Florida has experienced widespread blackouts after several significant storms. Between 2004 and 2005, the state was walloped by five major hurricanes, including Charley, which cut a similar path through Florida as Ian. A year later, Wilma devastated

Ted Kury

Florida’s electric was made more resilient before latest storm

Here & Now‘s Anthony Brooks speaks with Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury about how, after a spate of storms in 2004 and 2005, Florida utilities learned to work together to make the electric grid more

Mark Jamison

Here’s why Florida should provide broadband leadership

“The federal government is on a path to waste over $30 billion of the $65 billion it plans to spend over the next few years to expand broadband services throughout the nation,” writes Mark Jamison, Public Utility Research Center Director

Mark Jamison

Congress could weaken U.S. competitiveness with these two bills

“Two bills currently being considered by the U.S. Senate—the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) and the Open App Markets Act (OAMA)—would, if passed and signed into law, result in significant redesigns of technology platforms of the U.S. companies Apple, Meta

Ted Kury

Fact check: False claim that Permian Basin oil supply would fuel America for 200 years

Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury provides insights to fact check a claim that the Permian Basin, the U.S.’s most productive oil region, has enough oil to fuel America for 200 years.  No matter how much

Mark Jamison

The Crypto Crash Is Good for Crypto

“The recent fall in cryptocurrency (crypto) and non-fungible token (NFT) values has led to anxiety, finger wagging, and calls for regulation. This is not surprising; bitcoin prices have fallen by one-third in the last 30 days. The largest crypto exchange,