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Wireless Legislation on the Way? [Audio]

In the current divisive political climate, there’s one thing pretty much everyone can agree on – broadband infrastructure deployment is and should remain a high priority for legislators and regulators. In this special edition...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

Private vs. Public Infrastructure Funding Debate Continues

Speculation continued this week in Washington, D.C. on infrastructure funding plans, with municipal bonds being discussed during a panel at the National Association of State Treasurers 2017 Legislative Conference, according...more

Oroville Dam evacuation and relicensing

A California dam in the midst of a federal relicensing process has experienced flooding and storm-related damage, prompting the evacuation of over 180,000 people. Evacuation orders and a reservoir drawdown represent the most...more

Trump Infrastructure Planning

In her nomination hearing with the Senate Commerce Committee, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao fielded questions about President Trump’s infrastructure proposal. On the fundamental question of “where will the money...more

Public Private Partnerships: Securing Payment for Labor and Materials

What happens to contractors and subcontractors who are without lien rights when a private developer is building on public land with private money? A recent court decision clarified the parties’ rights and obligations for...more

Tidal lagoons - turning the tide

This article was originally published in Building.co.uk, and is reproduced with permission. Charles Hendry, an ex-energy minister, found in his recently published report that tidal lagoons can play a cost effective role in...more

Obama EPA Rules for Water Infrastructure Subsidies Survive Freeze as Deadline for Application Looms

In the waning days of the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a set of rules and notices to establish long-term, low-cost credit assistance to creditworthy water and wastewater projects....more

"Buy American, Hire American"—From Rhetoric to Regulation

“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.” While world leaders are pondering what these words from President Trump’s Inaugural Address mean for international trade, a different question looms for U.S....more

Saudi Arabia Launches First Education PPP Programme

The latest aspect of Saudi Arabia’s wide-ranging Vision 2030 economic reform initiative has taken a step closer with Tatweer Buildings Company’s (TBC’s) plans to establish the first education public private partnership (PPP)...more

NARUC Release of Cybersecurity Guidelines should have Utility Companies on High Alert

On January 30, 2017, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) released Version 3.0 of “Cybersecurity A Primer for State Utility Regulators.”  This cybersecurity overview is an important reminder...more

Highlights from Gov. Haslam's State of the State Address

Legislative Update - Tennessee General Assembly - Gov. Haslam opened his annual "State of the State" address on Monday with the phrase "Let's talk about the Tennessee we can be…" And, he did just that. The governor...more

Infrastructure Plan Watch: A Democratic Proposal and a Hearing on the Hill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing this week to discuss “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America.” This follows the release last month of the $1 trillion Democratic blueprint to...more

What’s Old Is New Again: Expedited Review of Energy Infrastructure Projects Under Trump’s Executive Order

While the two Presidential Memoranda expediting review and approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines grabbed much recent attention, an Executive Order issued the same day could have a broader impact by...more

What is Happening with Net Metering in New Hampshire?

Pursuant to New Hampshire House Bill 1116, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has initiated a proceeding to develop new alternative net metering tariffs and to determine how to limit net metering within each...more

Update: Trump's Busy First Week of Office

As reported last week in Bradley’s Governmental Affairs alert in A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions, the Trump administration took immediate action with regard to the Affordable Care...more

"FERC Could See Substantial Changes Under President Trump"

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is a somewhat obscure and highly technical agency that was not discussed specifically during President Donald Trump’s campaign. Its regulatory footprint is, however,...more

MLS 2017 Outlook: Infrastructure

Following a presidential campaign that promised significant infrastructure investments, and just over 60 years after President Eisenhower launched the federal highway system in 1956, a national infrastructure commitment is...more

"Trump Infrastructure Plan May Open Opportunities for Projects"

After nearly two decades of widening concern over the declining state of U.S. infrastructure, it was not surprising that infrastructure became a central theme in the 2016 election cycle. Improving our nation’s transportation,...more

The Trump Energy Agenda - The Early Days of President Trump and Secretary of Energy - Designee Rick Perry

What has happened since President Trump was inaugurated? - In one of his first executive actions, President Trump has placed a freeze on new government hires (excepting the military). Based on information from Trump...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2017 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Executive Order Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects - On January 24, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order for agencies to...more

New Draft Guidance Issued On Marine District Permits

One of the most cherished and an important environmental feature of New York is its shoreline. Not only do people live near, swim and fish in the marine and coastal waters of New York, from the Hudson River near the Tappan...more

HS2: chugging towards its final destination

The government has now issued its formal response to the House of Lords’ special report on the hybrid bill for HS2, issued in December.  Whilst much of this relates to specific petitioners it also includes some important...more

Recap of HUD’s Early January Guidance

Earlier this month, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a number of final rules and notices...more

Mining & Metals 2017: A tentative return to form

With miners staging a recovery on equity markets in 2016 and China concerns easing, growth is back on the agenda. But the recovery is not without its challenges and uncertainties....more

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