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.

From Hurricanes to the Economy, Drones Can Help Louisiana Recover

From Hurricanes to the Economy, Drones Can Help Louisiana Recover

Hurricane Ida brought some of the worst destruction our state has seen in over a decade. As recovery efforts continue, drones are proving to be a valuable technology in building back Louisiana. Just a day after Ida struck Louisiana, President Biden announced that he asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow utility companies “to...

By Eric Peterson

Infrastructure Package Threatens to Slow Cryptocurrency Innovation

Infrastructure Package Threatens to Slow Cryptocurrency Innovation

The debate over the trillion-dollar, 2000-page infrastructure package is heating up in Congress, but not for the reason everyone thought. Despite fears over rising debt and inflation, one of the most controversial parts of the legislation revolves around cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. While there are various cryptocurrencies, the most commonly known one is Bitcoin. Bitcoin...

By Eric Peterson

Letter to Congress: “The Federal Government Should be Careful When Appropriating Additional Broadband Funds”

Letter to Congress: “The Federal Government Should be Careful When Appropriating Additional Broadband Funds”

There is a bipartisan agreement in Washington D.C. that the federal government should take steps to expand broadband access. However, many of these ideas involve spending billions of dollars while the country faces unprecedented levels of debt and deficits. Furthermore, most of these plans only address the access issue when adoption continues to be a major...

By Eric Peterson

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 The states outdated and expensive tax structure plays a major factor, but so does Louisiana’s desire to protect the status quo from innovation.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

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

(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

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

Lafayette Shows Why Government Shouldn’t Run Internet

Lafayette Shows Why Government Shouldn’t Run Internet

There is no question that more Louisianans are in need of broadband internet connections. With children relying on broadband to attend school, employees counting on it to work, and many needing it to see their doctor, getting connected is more important than ever before. Unfortunately, many of the proposed solutions to get this don’t are...

By Eric Peterson

Stop the Attack on Free Speech Online

Stop the Attack on Free Speech Online

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump issued an executive order related to free speech online. As part of this order, the President asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to submit a petition for rulemaking to the Federal Communications Commission regarding Section 230. Section 230, known as the backbone of free speech online, provides that websites are not liable...

By Eric Peterson

Major Win for Getting Louisianans Connected

Major Win for Getting Louisianans Connected

In a huge victory for connecting Louisianans to high-speed broadband internet, Governor John Bel Edwards signed Senator Beth Mizell’s SB 10 into law on Wednesday. SB 10 removes major hurdles to providing broadband access to people and businesses who sorely need it across the state. The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive...