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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

Ted Kury

What’s the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act for EVs?

Policymakers are trying to facilitate the expansion of electric vehicles as part of efforts to nudge the public towards cleaner energy. The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by U.S. President Joe Biden earlier this month, is one of those

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,

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Federal gas tax holiday: Biden says it will provide ‘a little bit of relief’ – but experts say even that may be a stretch

President Joe Biden called on Congress to suspend the federal gas tax to “bring families just a little bit of relief” as average gasoline prices exceed US$5 a gallon. The tax is 18.4 cents on regular gasoline and 24.4 cents

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What is curtailment? An electricity market expert explains

Curtailment has a special meaning in electric power systems. It describes any action that reduces the amount of electricity generated to maintain the balance between supply and demand – which is critical for avoiding blackouts. Recently, curtailment has made news

Mark Jamison

Podcast: Elon Musk’s Twitter Isn’t a Threat to Democracy

Will Twitter become a better place for regular people to have more open and honest discussions online once Elon Musk takes over? While some worry about what changes the billionaire will make to the site if he follows through with

Mark Jamison

Metaverse markets are blurring the lines between ‘virtual’ and ‘reality’

Seemingly every week there’s another blockbuster transaction in the metaverse, like the Yuga Labs “land” grab from a few weeks ago that saw users spend the equivalent of more than $300 million on virtual real estate, nearly crashing the Ethereum

Mark Jamison

A New Twitter Is a Threat to Meta, Not to Democracy

With Elon Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter, many are worried about what that could mean for speech on the platform. Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison says they shouldn’t be worried, unless they are Mark Zuckerberg.