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Hawaii’s internet future depends on existing Jones Act exemption

Above, the Normand Clipper, built in 2001 and owned by Global Marine Systems of the United Kingdom, which installs and maintains undersea fiber-optic cables around the globe. _______________ If you would like to prevent Hawaiian Telcom from upgrading Hawaii’s broadband infrastructure under a recently awarded $37 million federal grant, you

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Hawaii among victims of law that hinders U.S. port dredging

The 1920 Jones Act is a familiar topic in Hawaii, but its precursor — the Foreign Dredge Act of 1906 — has largely escaped scrutiny.  However, Montana resident Brad Tomasovic researched the maritime law for a year to become the national high school debate champion and shared what he learned with

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Red Hill crisis deserves Jones Act waiver

Oahu residents are keenly aware of the yearslong saga in which leakage from the U.S. Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility in Moanalua has been contaminating the island’s water supply, sickening residents and forcing thousands of people out of their homes. The situation became so bad that the Pentagon

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A lively conversation about the Jones Act, pro and con

The Jones Act was the topic of a lively discussion earlier this month on KKCR radio’s “Kauai Soapbox,” moderated by radio host and Kauai County Council member Felicia Cowden. Cowden’s guests were Colin Grabow, Grassroot Scholar and Cato Institute trade policy analyst; Jonathan Helton, Grassroot Institute policy researcher; Mark Coleman,

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Kent outlines issues that drive Grassroot Institute

Political issues can seem complicated and unapproachable for many citizens. But the driving force behind all of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s advocacy efforts and policy recommendations is simple: Improve life in the islands for everyone. During the Dec. 28 episode of the “Liberty Arise!” podcast hosted by Scott Adam,

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Knowledge is key to Jones Act reform

Keli‘i Akina and Colin Grabow at the Institute’s Jones Act forum on Oahu, Dec. 7, 2022. Photo by Charley Myers As you might have heard, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted two forums on the Jones Act this week on how we can make the Jones Act work for everyone.

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How Jones Act reform can work for everyone (Oahu presentation)

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted the nation’s leading critic of the Jones Act in Honolulu and Kahului this week, with the point being to explore “How Jones Act reform can work for everyone.” The events originally were intended to feature representatives of both sides of the Jones Act debate,

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Alaska podcaster hosts Helton for conversation on Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act are antiquated laws that “impact states like Alaska, Hawaii and the territories like Puerto Rico and Guam especially harder than it impacts the rest of the nation,” according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy researcher Jonathan Helton. Helton, who has

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Hawaii’s internet future depends on existing Jones Act exemption

Above, the Normand Clipper, built in 2001 and owned by Global Marine Systems of the United Kingdom, which installs and maintains undersea fiber-optic cables around the globe. _______________ If you would like to prevent Hawaiian Telcom from upgrading Hawaii’s broadband infrastructure under a recently awarded $37 million federal grant, you

Read More →

Hawaii among victims of law that hinders U.S. port dredging

The 1920 Jones Act is a familiar topic in Hawaii, but its precursor — the Foreign Dredge Act of 1906 — has largely escaped scrutiny.  However, Montana resident Brad Tomasovic researched the maritime law for a year to become the national high school debate champion and shared what he learned with

Read More →

Red Hill crisis deserves Jones Act waiver

Oahu residents are keenly aware of the yearslong saga in which leakage from the U.S. Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility in Moanalua has been contaminating the island’s water supply, sickening residents and forcing thousands of people out of their homes. The situation became so bad that the Pentagon

Read More →

A lively conversation about the Jones Act, pro and con

The Jones Act was the topic of a lively discussion earlier this month on KKCR radio’s “Kauai Soapbox,” moderated by radio host and Kauai County Council member Felicia Cowden. Cowden’s guests were Colin Grabow, Grassroot Scholar and Cato Institute trade policy analyst; Jonathan Helton, Grassroot Institute policy researcher; Mark Coleman,

Read More →

Kent outlines issues that drive Grassroot Institute

Political issues can seem complicated and unapproachable for many citizens. But the driving force behind all of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s advocacy efforts and policy recommendations is simple: Improve life in the islands for everyone. During the Dec. 28 episode of the “Liberty Arise!” podcast hosted by Scott Adam,

Read More →

Knowledge is key to Jones Act reform

Keli‘i Akina and Colin Grabow at the Institute’s Jones Act forum on Oahu, Dec. 7, 2022. Photo by Charley Myers As you might have heard, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted two forums on the Jones Act this week on how we can make the Jones Act work for everyone.

Read More →

How Jones Act reform can work for everyone (Oahu presentation)

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted the nation’s leading critic of the Jones Act in Honolulu and Kahului this week, with the point being to explore “How Jones Act reform can work for everyone.” The events originally were intended to feature representatives of both sides of the Jones Act debate,

Read More →

Alaska podcaster hosts Helton for conversation on Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act are antiquated laws that “impact states like Alaska, Hawaii and the territories like Puerto Rico and Guam especially harder than it impacts the rest of the nation,” according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy researcher Jonathan Helton. Helton, who has

Read More →