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Big Tech will never be the same

Over the past few days, Big Tech companies have demonstrated impressive political power. As a result, their futures are now tied more to politics than ever before, writes Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison.  Read Jamison’s reasons for why Big Tech will never be the same in this piece from AEI. 

Why do different countries have different electric outlet plugs?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Why do different countries have different electric outlet plugs? – Evie H., age 9, Seattle, Washington You find yourself in an airport or hotel room in another country, and you really need to charge your phone, camera or game system. But what is that strange-looking outlet? It has round holes! And there are two? Or

How wind and solar toppled Exxon from its place as America’s top energy company

“In early October, the world passed a milestone in the clean energy transition that, until very recently, seemed unthinkable: Exxon was unseated as the most valuable energy company in America,” writes Tim McDonnell.  Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Dr. Ted Kury shares his expertise with McDonnell for this story in Quartz about how NextEra Energy became America’s top energy company. 

Billions of dollars of delinquent power bills — Who will pay?

Since the pandemic, many states have implemented a moratorium on disconnecting utilities. That’s kept the lights on and water running for millions of people unable to pay their utility bills. But those moratoria are expiring and already unpaid electric and gas bills total more than $10 billion nationwide. How are those debts going to be paid?  Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Dr. Ted Kury addresses this question on Top of Mind with Julie Rose.  

Delinquent electric bills from the pandemic are coming due – who will pay them?

The shutdowns and restrictions that governments have imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 have made it hard for many households to afford basic needs. Thousands of Americans are struggling to pay monthly utility bills. Utilities and policymakers recognized that services like water and electricity are essential to people’s health, safety and comfort. Since mid-March they have taken steps to keep those services coming. The most popular approach has been for them to impose moratoria on late fees and disconnections

Senate Commerce Committee hearing engages social media CEOs in fierce debate over alleged censorship of content

On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee engaged social media CEOs, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, on a familiar topic – alleged content censorship. Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Dr. Mark Jamison shared his expertise with Nikkei on the hearing and the hot debate that ensued over revising Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Read what Dr. Jamison had to say in Nekkei’s stories on Section 230 and freedom of expression on

Watch Big Tech and antitrust: Assessing the House Judiciary Committee staff report panel discussion

Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Dr. Mark Jamison moderated a panel of experts regarding what is at stake in the House Judiciary Committee’s recent big tech antitrust report. Watch the full panel from AEI above.  Read more from Dr. Jamison about the House Judiciary Committee’s report in his blog post from AEI. 

DOJ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. for anti-competitive behavior. Antitrust expert and Director of the Public Utility Research Center Dr. Mark Jamison spoke with a number of news outlets about the lawsuit. Read on to see what he had to say, plus his research insights on the topic of antitrust.  News The Google antitrust lawsuit: Five key takeaways – Roll Call DOJ files antitrust lawsuit against Google: Instant Reaction – Morning Consult U.S.

DOJ sues Google over antitrust laws

The Justice Department and 11 states have sued Google with violating anti-competition laws. NTD Business spoke with Dr. Mark Jamison, Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor, about the lawsuit. See Dr. Jamison’s take on the allegations in this interview with NTD Business. 

Should Big Tech be broken up? | NTD Business

The House Judiciary Committee released its Big Tech Antitrust Report on Tuesday. NTD Business News spoke with Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Dr. Mark Jamison about the report and how the upcoming election could affect any legislation that the report anticipates.