Center for Technology & Innovation Policy

Innovation – and the technology that comes from it – has made all of our lives better in almost incalculable ways. Whether its access to clean water, transportation that can take us anywhere we want to go, or the information revolution, many of us would be lost without these technologies. Yet when it comes to technology advancements, government often gets in the way. Rules and regulations make it difficult for innovators to improve our lives. Louisiana often lags behind in embracing new technology stifling innovation and job creation while also hurting consumers in the process.

Another Reason Why Tesla Won’t Move to Louisiana

Another Reason Why Tesla Won’t Move to Louisiana

Why are successful and innovative companies moving south but not to Louisiana? The states outdated and expensive tax structure plays a major factor, but so does Louisiana’s desire to protect the status quo from innovation. Look no further than how Louisiana is treating Tesla, one of the most innovative and valuable companies in the world....

By Eric Peterson

Louisiana Should Continue to Reject Government Owned Networks

Louisiana Should Continue to Reject Government Owned Networks

There is major movement on the broadband front in Louisiana. Not only will the Federal Communications Commission spend over $300 million to provide access to previously unserved areas over the next six years, Louisiana is also poised to spend $180 million on broadband projects due to federal funds. With tens of millions of dollars on...

By Eric Peterson

Drones Need to Take Flight in Louisiana

Drones Need to Take Flight in Louisiana

The Louisiana economy is struggling with more than 100,000 lost jobs since the start of 2020.  To return jobs and opportunity to Louisiana, policymakers should be using all the tools at their disposals. One industry ripe to provide economic benefit to Louisiana is aerial drones. Aerial drones are a rapidly advancing technology  across the world....

By Eric Peterson

Drones in Louisiana: Helping the Pelican State Take Flight

Drones in Louisiana: Helping the Pelican State Take Flight

The Louisiana economy is struggling, with 155,000 missing jobs in the state since the start of 2020 alone. As the drone industry continues to rapidly grow, Louisiana has a unique opportunity to be a leader in bringing this unique innovation, and jobs that come with it, to the pelican state. Read the full report HERE

By Eric Peterson

[REPORT] Medicine in a Digital World

[REPORT] Medicine in a Digital World

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many paradigms of daily life. While the necessary adjustments have been disruptive, they also present an opportunity for innovation. One lesson from the health care sector during the pandemic is that overly-restrictive regulations can limit much needed innovation in our health care system. Early in the crisis, many governors acted...

By Eric Peterson

Louisiana Gets Serious About Innovation

Louisiana Gets Serious About Innovation

The pandemic has proven how important innovation is to staying safe and living our lives during a difficult time. However, innovation is also important to a state’s economic health. Regulatory sandboxes are policies that can jumpstart innovation and encourage job growth and opportunities in Louisiana. Regulatory sandboxes are an alternative regulatory framework for businesses that...

By Eric Peterson

Sandboxes will Bring Innovation to Louisiana

Sandboxes will Bring Innovation to Louisiana

Sandboxes are alternative regulatory frameworks for companies with innovative products or business models. These companies still have to meet consumer protection requirements, but don’t have to work through years of  red tape. Sandboxes have been introduced both across the country and the world. States like Utah, Wyoming, and Florida have all embraced sandboxes. A study...

By Eric Peterson

(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s) Tech and Innovation Recap

(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s) Tech and Innovation Recap

Louisiana has the potential to be a tech and innovation destination. During the Pelican Institute’s recent “(BIG) Solutions (mini) Summit(s),” our expert keynote speakers and panelists offered several proven solutions to make Louisiana into the “Silicon Bayou.” If you missed the Summit(s), take a look at the videos below to learn how we can achieve...

By Eric Peterson

Principles for Broadband Expansion with the American Rescue Plan of 2021

Principles for Broadband Expansion with the American Rescue Plan of 2021

Louisiana’s state and local governments will be receiving approximately $5.18 billion from the federal government because of the American Rescue Plan of 2021. Part of that $5.18 billion is earmarked for water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure projects. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted that many rural areas still struggle with broadband internet access.  Louisiana policymakers should invest...

By Eric Peterson

Expanding Telehealth in Louisiana

Expanding Telehealth in Louisiana

As telehealth becomes more important than ever before, how can Louisiana and other states expand access to the service? Tune in to hear how The Reason Foundation’s Vittorio Nastasti and Empower Mississippi’s Russ Latino say we can increase access to telehealth!

By Eric Peterson

Reading Between the Lines on Latest Jobs Report

Reading Between the Lines on Latest Jobs Report

by Eric Peterson, director of the Pelican Center for Technology and Innovation Policy At first glance, the December State Employment and Unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics appeared positive for Louisiana. However, a closer look at the numbers reveals there is still a long way to go in the state’s economic recovery. The...

By Eric Peterson

2020 Elections Impact on Tech

2020 Elections Impact on Tech

What impact will the elections have on technology and innovation in the U.S.? Join us Tuesday, as Jennifer Huddleston, Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at American Action Forum, and Ian Adams, Executive Director of the International Center for Law & Economics, join the PeliCast!

By Eric Peterson

Everything You Need to Know About Section 230 and Online Speech

Everything You Need to Know About Section 230 and Online Speech

If you have been paying attention to the debate over online speech and conservative censorship, you have probably heard about Section 230. Section 230 was once a little-known piece of telecommunications law, but it always had large importance, allowing the internet as we know it to exist today. It reads: (1) Treatment of publisher or...

By Eric Peterson

Should Government Regulate Social Media?

Should Government Regulate Social Media?

by Eric Peterson, Director, Pelican Center for Technology and Innovation Policy It seems nearly every week that some controversy or debate arises on the impact of social media in our lives. These debates took center stage this week when multiple big tech companies made a moderating decision about a major news outlet’s story this week....

By Eric Peterson