Broadcasting and Cable Quotes ACI on T-Mobile Acquistion

John Eggerton’s article in Broadcasting and Cable (“Markey, Conyers Team Up Against AT&T T-Mobile Merger,” may 26, 2011) quotes ACI on the need for a private US company to rescue T-Mobile, rather than waiting for a US bailout.  The article states: ACI said a declining T Mobile needs help, from AT&T or someone else. “T-Mobile’s […]

Telecommunications Daily Quotes ACI Expert

TR Daily’s article “Conyers, Markey Express Concerns with AT&T Purchase of T-Mobile” (May 26, 2011) quotes ACI president Steve Pociask concern that if T-Mobile will soon require a bailout, if not acquired by someone.  The entire TR Daily quote reads: “The industry continues to exhibit tremendous growth and declining prices, as would be expected from a […]

To the Rescue: T-Mobile’s Decline Requires American Investment to Save Jobs

In light of the recent public clamor by a few special interest groups, such as today’s press conference hosted by so-called “consumer advocates,” and Department of Justice filings opposing the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile, it is worth considering a few facts about the issue.    The industry continues to exhibit tremendous growth and declining prices, […]

ACI Expert to Speak on Biosimilars and Protecting R&D Dollars

Professor Joseph Fuhr Jr., ACI Senior Fellow and professor of Economics at Widener University, will be speaking on the challenges, lessons and opportunities in the marketing of biosimilars in the U.S. at the BioNJ Breakfast Salon in Bridgewater, NJ on June 2, 2011.

Corn Festivals and Thoughts on Juicy Tax Expenditures

Zellwood Florida’s Sweet Corn Festival started the season last week, with another 2 dozen corn festivals around the U.S. later in the year.  These festivals are fun, safe, low cost and benign excuses for a community fundraiser.  Zellwood had plenty of arts and crafts, exhibits, musical entertainment, and plenty of sweet corn to eat.  But […]

Municipal Wi-Fi: A Proven Failure

In late 2007, the cities of Mooresville and Davidson, North Carolina outbid several private companies to purchase an ailing broadband provider in the area. The newly socialized service required that the city borrow more than $92 million to fund the acquisition.  Meanwhile, government officials claimed the plan would bring equality in access and increased revenue […]

ACI Expert Prof. Fuhr Quoted in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News quotes ACI Expert and Weidener University Economics Professor Joseph Fuhr, Jr at the following link.  The article notes the expected explosive growth of biosimilar sand follow-on biologics, but nonetheless expects competitors to proceed cautiously.

Debit Cards: So-Called “Government Help” Is On Its Way

Debit cards were working well for most consumers.  Consumers pay for the merchandise or service, and from that payment, the merchant remits a little to the network and a little to the bank who issued the credit card (a so-called interchange fee).  The average debit interchange fee that merchants pay banks is about 44 cents […]

American Consumer Institute Applauds Governor Scott for Signing Pro-Consumer SB 408 into Law

The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) today applauded Florida Governor Rick Scott for signing into law Senate Bill 408, the omnibus property insurance legislation.   “It is my strong view that SB 408 represents meaningful and pro-consumer reforms that will encourage competition, increase policyholder surplus and protect consumers from insurer insolvencies,” said […]

New ConsumerGram on Retransmission Consent and the Evidence of Market Power

This ConsumerGram provides evidence that broadcasters are increasing prices by at least four times the rate of inflation, and have done so over the course of several years.  This sustained rate of increase suggests that broadcasters are exerting market power – even over the largest cable TV providers, who should be in the best position […]