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Florida’s electric was made more resilient before latest storm

Here & Now's Anthony Brooks speaks with PURC energy expert Ted Kury about how, after a spate of storms in 2004 and 2005, Florida utilities learned to work together to make the electric grid more resilient, and what work can be done to avoid power failures next time there's a big storm. This segment aired [...]

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 (owner of Facebook), Alphabet (owner of Google), and Amazon. Microsoft might also be [...]

Pew Research Center Study Contradicts Federal Trade Commission’s Cases Against Meta

This headline from Pew Research Center should be enough to give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) pause and maybe even lead the agency to reverse course in its proceedings against Facebook’s parent Meta: "TikTok has established itself as one of the top online platforms for U.S. teens, while the share of teens who use Facebook [...]

The Federal Trade Commission’s Strange Assertion: Meta Dominates a Market That Doesn’t Exist

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) timing could not have been worse: On the same day that Meta released its second quarter financial results, showing a 36 percent decline in net income and a 14 percent drop in ad prices because of rising competition, the FTC filed to block Meta’s acquisition of a fitness app, claiming [...]

The Challenge of Putting Federal Broadband Funds to Good Use: Highlights from My Conversation with Mark Jamison

Following the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a Department of Commerce (DOC) branch known as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has been tasked with allocating $42.5 billion of federal broadband infrastructure funding to state and local governments through the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. This $42.5 billion [...]