Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: State Video Franchise Reform in Texas

May 12, 2011

Current cable television franchise laws in Texas favor new video service providers over existing ones by not allowing existing service providers to enter into statewide franchises.

Research & Commentary: Internet Gaming Regulations

Matthew Glans
April 29, 2011

The regulation of online gaming, including popular games such as poker, has reached a crossroads with the recent crackdown on poker Web sites in the United States.

Research & Commentary: Wireless Tax Fairness in the States

Marc Oestreich
April 22, 2011

The Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011, currently pending in Congress, would put a moratorium on discriminatory state wireless phone and data service tax increases.

Research & Commentary: Comparative Effectiveness Research

Richard Dolinar, M.D.
April 19, 2011

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided $1.1 billion for comparative effectiveness research (CER).

Research & Commentary: Digital Learning

Bruno Behrend
April 14, 2011

Government budget shortfalls and the proven success of digital learning are causing many states and school districts to consider using new technology to make K-12 education more efficient.

Public Education Is Being Redefined

Brandon Dutcher
April 8, 2011

On March 15 in Oklahoma City, the past met the future.

Carrying signs that read “Stop the War on Workers,” “Collective Bargaining: Backbone of the Middle Class,” and “Don’t Dismantle Public Education,” hundreds of Oklahoma schoolteachers rallied at the state capitol. They expressed concern over school spending, pension reforms, and legislation making it easier to fire bad teachers.

Research & Commentary: Higher Education Regulations and the Disadvantaged

April 7, 2011

Congress and the president stress the importance of providing higher education opportunities to traditionally disadvantaged groups.

Research & Commentary: FCC’s Data-Roaming Mandate

Marc Oestreich
April 3, 2011

On April 7, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on a data-roaming mandate that would force mobile operators to offer their data networks to smaller carriers on “commercia

Research & Commentary: Effect of 2011 Japan Earthquake on the Reinsurance Industry

Matthew Glans
April 1, 2011

With billions of dollars in property losses expected in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, insurers will have to pay enormous claims.

Research & Commentary: The Price-Anderson Act

Matthew Glans
March 31, 2011

The generation of electricity through nuclear power carries risk.