Key Points
  • Public policy relating to communications and technology should be driven by free market principles.
  • The Internet must remain free from intermediary criminal liability under state laws for Internet businesses, and today’s approach that allows the competitive marketplace to generate innovative and welfare-enhancing platforms for consumer services online, free from excessive governmental regulation and overreaching state criminal law enforcement must be maintained.
  • Regulations should target actual harms to consumers or to public health or safety, and should not stifle innovation, competition, or access to technologies.
  • Voluntary codes of conduct, industry-driven standards and individual empowerment should be preferred over government regulation.

Whether improving processes, creating products or developing new ideas, the application of technology can enable real changes in how state government works, both in quality of services delivered to constituents, cost savings and quality of life.

States have the opportunity in our national balance of government power, to address policy challenges through innovation and experimentation, to lead by being the “laboratories of democracy.” Most of the challenges are not easy, but innovation is often the way through, and states are best equipped for this challenge.  Confronting challenges in these “laboratories,” and taking the risks to create a better tomorrow provides a best practices blueprint for other states and the federal government.  States are the incubators of solutions.  But even when the creative goes astray, the experience provides valuable insight for other states as they grapple with their challenges.

Solving real problems with relevant solutions is the key to any successful public policy agenda.  In other words, innovation is just as much about identifying the problem as it is about creating the solution. The secrets of America’s success at invention are flexibility, the willingness to experiment and learn from mistakes, an inherent love of risk taking, adventure, discovery, entrepreneurship, the internal drive that gives permission to imagine and invent, the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail…and a sensible government that stays out of the way of the magic.  This is innovation.

Publications

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Model Policies

  • Electronic Government Services Act Final

    Electronic Government Services Act Summary While the continued development of information technology and the proliferation of the Internet has permitted government agencies to make more efficient the necessary transactions between citizens and the government, it has also blurred the lines between commercial activities and appropriate governmental functions. The “Electronic …

  • Neutrality and Integrity in Software Procurement Act Final

    Neutrality and Integrity in Software Procurement Act Summary This Act amends the state’s procurement rules to preserve choice, competition, and integrity in the state’s selection and installation of software products. It requires that software procurement decisions made by the state consider: (1) the total cost of ownership during the …

  • Resolution Supporting Pro Consumer Public Policy for Voice, Video, and Data Services Final

    Resolution Supporting Pro Consumer Public Policy for Voice, Video, and Data Services Summary This Resolution offers support for minimal federal, state, and local regulation of broadband networks, specifically regarding voice, video and data services. The Resolution recognizes that government, through regulation, tends to get in the way …

  • Principles on Municipal/Government Owned Networks Final

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recognizes the importance of the widespread deployment of advanced communications services. For the vast majority of citizens, these services are provided by private sector entities, consistent with ALEC’s core principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. In some limited instances, municipalities or their …

  • Vehicle Platooning for Safety and Efficiency Act Final

    Section 1.  (Legislative Declarations) Subdivision 1.  A vehicle platooning system electronically coordinates the speed between a lead vehicle and one or more follow vehicles, enabling them to travel safely in a unified manner at a close following distance.  A vehicle platooning system relies on a connected automated braking system, which …

  • Resolution Encouraging the Support of Infrastructure Buildout to Pave the Pathway for Next Generation Networks Final

    WHEREAS, mobile broadband access is critical in creating economically sustainable communities; and WHEREAS, the U.S. leads the world in 4G LTE services – of which 99.6 percent of Americans have access to – providing broad coverage and wireless connectivity that offers unmatched consumer benefits in areas such as education and …

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Task Forces

Communications and Technology

With nearly 200 members representing all parts of the country and every segment of industry, the Communications and Technology Task …

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