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Improving Upon Our Dig Laws: How State Legislatures Can Help Us Dig Safer

(August 2016) The Common Ground Alliance’s DIRT reports are an invaluable tool in helping industry and policy-makers better understand excavation damage incident trends, causes, and more. This report reviews and analyzes the data behind the most recent annual damage prevention data reports, Damage Information Reporting Tool, Volume 11 (2015) and Damage Information Reporting Tool, Natural Gas Distribution Facilities Report (2016), provides insight into what conclusions can and can’t be drawn, and makes recommendations on where to focus future efforts to improve excavation safety…

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Policy Research


ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE ATTACKS: ARE WE READY?

(01 Jun 2016) A recent Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) report indicates that the United States electric grid is still vulnerable to electromagnetic pulse attacks, despite recommendations made almost 8 years ago to reduce such an occurrence. The susceptibility of the grid to such a phenomenon is an out-of-the-box threat many regulators and policymakers…

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FEDERAL IMPEDIMENTS TO P3 MARKET GROWTH

(27 May 2016) By Shane Skelton, Executive Director The U.S. Public Private Partnership (P3) market is beginning to gain steam. As we pointed out in our Policy Brief, “Innovation in the P3 Marketplace,” states and localities across the country are becoming more creative in the types of infrastructure projects P3s are being used…

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IMPROVING PIPELINE SAFETY BY…DRONE?

(19 Apr 2016) By Shane Skelton, Aii Executive Director Commercial and private drone use has become a frequent topic of discussion around the country and in Washington, DC these days. New regulations and registration requirements from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), reports of close calls with air traffic, the desire to use…

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NETFLIX AND FLY? A BRIEF LOOK AT IN-FLIGHT WI-FI

(31 Mar 2016) By Chanil De Silva, Director of Policy at Nouveau Inc. Innovation can be a wonderful thing, especially when it allows you to continue watching your favorite Netflix series while soaring 30,000 feet above the ground. In-flight Wi-Fi initially limited to certain domestic flights is available almost universally, on both domestic…

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INCREASING INTERNET ACCESS THROUGH LIFELINE PROGRAM

(23 Mar 2016) On March 31, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a new plan for the Lifeline subsidy, which will help the program’s recipients apply the subsidy to mobile or fixed broadband should they choose to do so. The program originated in 1985 to provide discounted landline phone service to low-income…

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MOBILE PAYMENT TECHNOLOGIES: WILL CELL PHONES REPLACE WALLETS?

(09 Mar 2016)By Shane Skelton, Aii Executive Director For the many Americans who still begrudge the major societal shift from cash to credit and debit cards, the future may become even more troublesome as mobile wallets become more common. What’s more, is that while mobile wallets are still catching on, a…

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NEVADA SOLAR CRISIS DEEPENS AS REGULATORS DENY GRANDFATHERING PROVISION

(18 Feb 2016) In a new twist to a long running solar energy battle, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Nevada denied a provision to grandfather approximately 17,000 solar customers into the original utility rate and voted to keep the new metering policy in place. Solar advocates can claim a small victory in…

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BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT

(11 Feb 2016) On December 2, 2015, the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Energy & Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a markup (vote) on a discussion draft bill aimed at facilitating the deployment of broadband Internet service. Among other things, the bill aimed to remove barriers to broadband access by…

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HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS: A LUXURY NO MORE

(01 Feb 2016) By Chanil N. De Silva; Policy Director at Nouveau Inc. High-speed Internet had in the past been associated with affluence, while many households used dial-up modems and many more had no Internet access at all. Over time, the Internet – initially developed as a defense resource – has become…

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AII EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PUBLISHED IN PUBLIC SECTOR DIGEST

(15 Jan 2016) By Shane Skelton, Read full article here. Aii’s Executive Director, Shane Skelton was published in this month’s issue of Public Sector Digest. The article titled, “Tackling the Infrastructure Deficit: Using Private Dollars for Public Projects,” proposes alternative methods for funding the nation’s crucial infrastructure projects.

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INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY DOMINATES NTSB’S 2016 “MOST WANTED” TRANSPORTATION SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS.

(14 Jan 2016) By Chanil N. De Silva; Director of Policy at Nouveau Inc. The NTSB released its annual “Most Wanted” transportation safety improvements for 2016. The list covers aviation, highway, marine, rail and pipeline networks and has been called a “roadmap from lessons learned to lives saved”. This year’s list…

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EU ENERGY PANEL HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

(14 Dec 2015) Watch this video on vimeo. Aii released a new video highlighting remarks from its recent policy discussion on Capitol Hill. The forum, hosted on December 1st, examined infrastructure connectivity f the European Union and resulting implications on U.S. energy policy. The panel featured representatives from Eastern and Central Europe and…

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WILL HYPERLOOP’S EVER BE A REALITY?

(20 Nov 2015) By Ashley Vanbuskirk: What if you could get from Los Angeles to San Francisco, or from Washington, DC to Columbus, OH in 30 minutes, moving comfortably at up to 800 miles per hour[1], all without parking at an airport, waiting in a long security line, or leaving your water bottle and toiletries behind?…

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PHONE TO INTERNET: A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME IN EXCAVATION SAFETY?

(09 Nov 2015) As technology continues to improve, the manner in which we use the Internet, TV, water, electricity, and other utilities has changed dramatically. The Internet allows us to watch movies or find answers to any question online in a moment. High definition TV make it possible to track a puck with…

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES MEAN SAFER RAIL CROSSINGS

(11 Aug 2015) Higher standards and better safety technology have helped reduce the danger of railroad crossings over the half-century. Every safety improvement gets closer to an accident-free system, but track crossings remain inherently risky. With crossing related fatalities on the decline throughout the 21st century, the nine percent uptick in deaths in…

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“BACK ON TRACK: BRINGING RAIL SAFETY INTO THE 21ST CENTURY”

(06 Aug 2015) Freight trains on tracks: Click here to read the report The nation’s bedrock infrastructure is aging, and railroads are no exception. Tracks and rail beds are not equipped to handle the demands of growing traffic. From the 4,400 percent growth of oil train shipments to the recent devastations in commuter rail incidents, the…

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