Hi Carol

Digitizing transportation is my third experience with digitizing an industry (Six Sigma in factories, communications, mobility). Digitizing factories proceeded much more quickly than communications or mobility.


The haphazard shift from central planning of communications to free markets based on standards:

  • 1918. President Wilson socialized communications under Federal monopoly resulting in nearly a century of rotary telephones.
  • 1968. Technology existed. Mother of All Demo’s
  • 1982. The courts declaring the Federal communications monopoly unconstitutional.
  • 1991. The High Performance Computing Act of 1991.
  • The Federal delay was 23 years from when the technology was available and 9 years to unravel their bureaucracies from rotary telephone thinking.


We are in the same case today with mobility. We have the technologies to save at least half of the 33,000 people killed each and convert into jobs, customer savings, and profits at least $1 trillion of the $1.7 trillion per year traffic costs Americans ($25.2 trillion Georgians).

  • The Federal-Aid to Highways Act of 1916 socialized transportation in violation of the Constitution’s “post Roads” restriction resulting in a century with the 25 mpg efficiency of the Model-T, current traffic costs, and road-deaths.
  • 1972. Technology existed. Networks of self-driving cars.
  • 2010-19. Pirates and Patriots violate existing laws to force change via better performance, public support, and common law. Examples. Uber, scooters, and Tesla (1 billion self-driving miles on roads).
  • 2019, GDOT has the opportunity to cut 9 years off the burdensome regulatory process that slowed deployment of the Internet for 9 years (1982-1991):
    • Governor Kemp ran on a Georgia First campaign to "Take a chainsaw to burdensome regulations”.
    • Feb 12, Senator Beach’s Letter defined a standards based regulatory framework (5X5 Standard) based on Georgia First and US Constitution’s “post Roads” restriction as explained in Federalist #45.
      • Federalist #45 (Madison): "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
    • Mar 20, Based on Senator Beach’s Letter, Goldman Sachs issued a Letter of High Interest for investing $4-6 billion in Georgia in the next 4 years.
    • I recognize the GDOT cannot enforce the Constitution, but the Governor can and should.

The technology, capital, and 5X5 Standard exist to solve Georgia traffic problems in the next 4 years.

We need every day to solve Georgia’s traffic problems in 4 years, but it is doable. We need an industry, not just JPods, to locate in Georgia. Traffic costs the people of Georgia $25.2 billion/year. If we can cut that to $12 billion/year is 4 years I think the people of Georgia will be grateful. They will also appreciate the jobs.

  • $10.8 billion per year for foreign oil (link). 100% drain on Georgia’s economy. Cause of war and pollution.
  • $  9.1 billion per year for accidents (link). 100% drain on people of Georgia.
  • $  3.0 billion per year for congestion (link). 100% drain on the time of the people of Georgia.
  • $  2.3 billion/year, car damage, bad roads (link). Metric of the failure to maintain a failing system.

Nothing Like It in the World summarizes how the Pacific Railroad Acts of 1862 set a standards based approach and 1864 removed the barriers to capital investment. Transcontinental Railroad was built between 1865 and 1869. As a benefits metric, between 1865 and 1969 the cost of a ticket from NYC to San Fransisco dropped from $1,000 to $67, vast numbers of jobs were created, and America’s manufacturing base was radically expanded and improved.

Problem we are working on:

  • It is the nature and essential purpose of government to coerce compliance with law (what we are working on).
  • Innovation is a compliance failure.
  • This conflict between the nature of government and innovation is why the 5X5 Standard is so important. It defines the roll of government as coercing an outcome (5 times more efficient) instead of which technology to use.
  • The economic collapse of 2008, perpetual oil-wars, oil-dollar funded terrorist attacks, Climate Change, 33,000 road-kills per year are all metrics that the current regulatory system has failed the people of Georgia and America.


  • Enforce the Constitution’s Divided Sovereignty as explained in Federalist #45 to achieve Governor Kemp’s "Georgia First" campaign promise.
  • Liberty creates the "general welfare" through tolerance of individuals offering society choices and the Wisdom from the Many sorting those choices in Darwinian crucibles of free markets and speech.
  • If GDOT defines a standards-based framework (example 5X5 Standard, see attached Massachusetts Bill S.1993), it will trigger the industry to locate in Georgia.
  • The Silicon Valley grew out of the Mother of All Demos in Palo Alto, CA in 1968.
  • GDOT can create an industrial cluster in Georgia that cuts traffic costs to the people of Georgia in half in 4 years and sells those solutions to the world.

Sorry for all the historical details, but I am old and this is my third time participating in digitizing an industry. We can use past experiences to solve traffic problems for the people of Georgia in 4 years.

In 4 years we can cut road-kills in half and traffic costs by at least $8 billion/year and hopefully, $12 billion.


Bill James
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“Do we use them? Oh, no! We burn up wood and coal, as renters burn up the front fence for fuel. We live like squatters, not as if we owned the property.

“There must surely come a time when heat and power will be stored in unlimited quantities in every community, all gathered by natural forces. Electricity ought to be as cheap as oxygen...."