Steve Pociask of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research discusses in this Forbes.com commentary the major concern over Google’s settlement with author and publisher groups. Click here for the commentary.
A bill titled the ‘‘Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009’’ was recently introduced by House members Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Anna Eshoo of California. The bill would amend the Communications Act of 1934 in order to “…establish a national broadband policy, safeguard consumer rights, [and] spur investment and innovation…” It would do so by [...]
Reader’s Digest Interviews Steve Pociask of ACI on potential ”back to school” savings. In the September 2009 issue, on page 56, ACI provides information on what some are calling “the stink about ink” – the high cost of computer printer ink. The article offers readers to visit www.consumercalculator.com to get ACI’s estimates of printing costs for various [...]
The front page of the Washington Post (8/17/2009) reports: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Obama “will be satisfied” if the private insurance market has “choice and competition.” ACI wants increased choice and competition too; and so do consumers, according to recent survey data. Consumers believe that increased competition would reduce [...]
Our Houston Chronicle essay discussed the negative effects of the Texas FAIR and TWIA programs on consumers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its report on employment, announcing that the unemployment rate declined from 9.5% in June to 9.4% in July. News reports seem a little upbeat, but this is very premature. If you look at the numbers, you will see that the labor force participation fell — meaning 544,000 people [...]
Businessweek published our article on how to speed the buildout of broadband services. The article written by Dr. Larry Darby and Dr. Josephy Fuhr points out that the current broadband stimulus funding will not be enough. Instead, if you want to stimulate broadband investment and use, then reduce taxes and regulations. To see a copy of the article visit Businessweek [...]
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