innovation Tag

Electromagnetic Pulse Attacks: Are We Ready?

01 Jun 2016, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

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…

Improving Pipeline Safety by…Drone?

19 Apr 2016, Posted by staff in All Posts, Analysis, Blog Posts

Written 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…

Guest Blog: Netflix and Fly? A Brief Look at In-Flight Wi-Fi

31 Mar 2016, Posted by staff in All Posts, Analysis, Blog Posts

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…

Increasing Internet Access Through Lifeline Program

23 Mar 2016, Posted by staff in All Posts, Analysis, Blog Posts

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…

Revisiting Rail Safety Technologies

03 Mar 2016, Posted by staff in All Posts, Analysis, Blog Posts

Last August, we released a rail safety report, “Back on Track: Bringing Rail Safety into the 21st Century,” which focused on technologies and best practices that if incorporated would improve passenger and freight rail safety. At the time we noted that we wanted to kick start a conversation on the…

Broadband Deployment

11 Feb 2016, Posted by staff in All Posts, Analysis, Blog Posts

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…

High-Speed Internet Access: A Luxury No More

01 Feb 2016, Posted by staff in All Posts, Analysis, Blog Posts

A contribution 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…

The Fast Act: What you should know

10 Dec 2015, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

 A contribution by Chanil N. De Silva; Director of Policy at Nouveau Inc. President Obama signed a five-year, $305 billion, surface-transportation funding bill into law on Friday December 4th.  The bill, known as the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) is the first long-term transportation-funding bill since 2005. The…

Will Hyperloop’s ever be a reality?

20 Nov 2015, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

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?…