Good Email Housekeeping vs Destroying Evidence

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From time to time, I delete a selection of my saved emails and saved files. That good housekeeping makes it easier to find the best article references, article outlines, notes from family and financial documents. My retained files are chosen by their importance, not by date or sender. I don’t wittingly break the law or […]

Forbes: Biosimilar Competition Will Lower Consumer Prices

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When it comes to drug prices, what’s dominating the headlines is bad news story after bad news story. Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of an old AIDS drug by more than 5,000 percent overnight, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International raised a blood pressure drug price by nearly 3,000 percent since 2013, among other consumer losing examples. […]

Forbes: Questions for the FCC


The disaster that is this Administration’s growing effort to regulate the Internet will be on full display at tomorrow’s Congressional hearing. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will no doubt put the best face possible on these policies, which include overregulation of the Internet’s private networks, impending price regulation of business broadband and cherry-picking winners at next […]

5G Wireless Supports a Sturdier Internet


Five years from now, we can expect an Internet landscape with sturdier footings, so long as new Internet regulations and taxes can be held kept to a minimum.  The ongoing build out of fiber optics will continue and newer technologies such as 5G wireless, cloud services, encryption and the Internet of Things (IoT) will make […]

The Unaffordable Care Act

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If prices that we pay into our government dominated health care sector are expected to jump, it is best that we are alerted to the problem as the election cycle nears a crest. That’s when politicians are slightly more attentive to public outrage. In 2016, hopes for affording health care were bleak. Medicare Part B […]

The Internet of Things Needs Public Policy Decisions


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the collection of internet-connected devices that receive or send information, even without a human directing what they do.  The nearly 5 billion already-interconnected things include the Apple Watch, bank ATMs, remote weather stations, traffic cameras, street security cameras, home security systems, baby monitors, parking meters, pipeline flow monitors, factory-floor […]

Privacy, Safety and Encryption

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In the abstract, consumers welcome privacy but we also acknowledge that real-world tradeoffs may be inevitable between privacy and safety.  Most of us are at peace with surveillance of telephone and electronic records of suspected criminals or foreign spies.  If law enforcement lacks the information needed to target and halt unlawful threats, the public can […]

Credit Card Security’s Bait And Switch

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In early October, the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), issued a consumer protection advisory regarding new microchip equipped credit and debit cards that warned consumers the new cards with chip and signature technology may not be as secure as they have been led to believe. But within hours, that […]

Forbes: Postal Monopoly Abuse

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A new study by a former US Department of Commerce official confirms something that many observers have long concluded – the US Postal Service overcharges its monopoly customers and then uses these proceeds to subsidize unregulated services in direct competition with the private sector. The study, conducted by economist Robert Shapiro, finds consumers are overpaying […]