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Solar Mobility Act

Step 1: Pass the Solar Mobility Act

As: Secaucus Law 2014-23 and Massachusetts Senate Bill S1970S2302 Section 113 (Omnibus Climate Change Bill). H4714. It may take time to get adoption, 2015 hearing with Boston City Council.

The 5X5% Performance Standard as incorporated into the Solar Mobility Act:

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Non-exclusive access to rights-of-way governed by this jurisdiction will be granted to transportation systems providers meeting the following free market principles:

(1) Privately fund construction to assure financial viability and sustainability of networks, and

(2) Privately operate without government subsidies to separate government enforcement of standards from commercial interest, and

(3) Exceed 5 times the efficiency of roads to obtain environmental approvals (example, exceed 120 passenger-miles per gallon), and

(4) Exceed 5 times fewer injuries/million people than roads, and

(5) Gather at least 50% of power requirements from renewable sources for above ground networks.

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Regulation of free-market innovations shall be based on:

(1) System design, fabrication, installation, safety, insurance, inspection practices shall be compliant with the ASTM International, Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices (0.2 injuries/million versus 11,200/million road users), and

(2) Environmental approvals are granted based on exceeding existing efficiencies by 5 times (networks may be rejected in timely, written reports for other considerations), and

(3) All taxes and fees assessed on the systems providers, passengers and cargo shall be limited to 5% of gross revenues from transport and paid to the aggregate rights-of-way holders by the systems providers.

(4) Specific networks franchises will be governed similarly to how communications networks are governed. 


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Step 2: Why the ASTM Standard for Theme Parks

For capital and innovators to risk, the law must be clearn and well established.

Federalist #62, Madison

"What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? What farmer or manufacturer will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an inconstant government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of national policy."


The ASTM standards are used in 44 of 50 States and many nations. The ASTM standards:

  • Are widely used and well established.
  • Are tailored to pedestrians, especially children. Cities should be designed around pedestrians, not cars. Machines should adapt to people.
  • Have an existing enforcement industry.
  • Have an existing insurance industry.
  • Have an existing common law. This is very important because privately funded transportation networks will not have the sovereign immunity that protects DOT from poor safety performance.
  • Injury-rates are radically better:

Step3: Commercializing the Internet is a Model

The digitizing of communications networks, replacing analog networks with digital networks, required decades to get the regulation correct.

  • 1968:  "The Mother of All Demos" demonstrated nearly every aspect of modern computing and the Internet. A video is below. If you start at 29 minutes and watch for 5 minutes you will see graphical navigation, the mouse, video conferencing, and more.
  • 1982: The Federal communications monopoly created on Aug 1,1918 by Executive Order was declared unconstitutional.

The technology of the Internet existed for decades before it commercialized. The steps in that commercia


Progress is beginning made by going overseas:


Network Resiliancy is the reverse of adding network connections:



This 1994 news cast illustrates how expectations at one point are entirely backward sounding today. All applications of technology to networks must keep ahead of expectation to remain relavant. Networks are dynamic processes, not static technology.


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