Pelican Institute Joins Coalition Opposing California Privacy Legislation

Should the legislature of California get a say over how you use the internet? On its face, this seems ridiculous. After all, the legislators of California should have no say in the lives of the people of Louisiana. That’s the very idea of federalism. Yet, a new law passed in California has the ability to…

Lafayette Utilities System Fiber Continues to Prove Why Government Broadband Doesn’t Work

In 2009, the city of Lafayette began providing cable and internet services with the Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) Fiber network. This government owned network (GON) was established with the idea that, like water and electric utilities, internet and cable services can be more cheaply and efficiently provided by the government as opposed to the private…

“Inside the Vault” Shows the Promise of Smart Government

On September 1, the Louisiana Treasurer’s office launched its much anticipated website, “Inside the Vault with the Louisiana State Treasurer.” The vault was created in response to a mandate from the state legislature that the treasurer complete a public-facing debt database. Upon review of the initial build of the website, the results are quite impressive.…