Negative Impact of Regulations on Innovation

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In mobile wireless and Internet markets, consumers deserve the final say on which constructive innovations, new product features and infrastructure should survive. In those markets, consumers notice the rapid pace of change and while they may not use every innovation that comes along, they welcome the steady stream of appealing changes and increased value from […]

Proof: Regulating the Internet Means Consumers Pay More

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The American Consumer Institute sent an Ex Parte letter to the commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission explaining how the proposed reclassification of broadband services from an “information service” to a “telecommunications service” under Title II regulations would subject broadband services to a full array of new taxes, which means that consumers will be paying substantially more for their broadband services.  A PDF of […]

Don’t Remove the Internet’s Bulletproof Vest

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Compared to Internet services and technologies, no other sector has created so many well-paying jobs, engendered so much labor productivity, and freed consumers to work, learn, shop, enjoy and care for each other. The internet has been our express train for sharing developments in education, health care, finance, retailing, publishing, and entertainment. The Internet reaches […]

Scrambling For More Security

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At the same time the federal government is levying billion dollar fines on banks for mortgage dealings that preceded the Great Recession, banks are facing sophisticated cyberattacks from Russia that may cost billions more. It is not clear that banks can move swiftly enough to escape Russian cyber-piracy.  So far, they have been slow to […]

Sugar – The Political Football

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First we must stipulate that no consumer was force-fed sugar during the writing and research of this blog. Consumers were merely given all the sugar they wanted at a true market price.  Unlike in our politicized nanny-state environment, no one was denied sugar, and no one was overcharged for it. The state and local sugar […]

Activity Trackers Are a Welcomed Surprise

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Lately, physical activity trackers are everywhere. Trackers are the chunky-looking bracelets worn by both men and women who have decided to make inroads on better fitness and diet. While the devices might appear to be faddish, they are truly useful. They can turn an unappetizing poor-weather, lonely walk into a documented physical victory that friends […]

Local Governments Blocking Competition and Hurting Consumers

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For several years, car-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been fighting battles in cities across the country. City councils, at the urging of taxi cartels and other interest groups, have attempted to regulate these new services, sometimes out of existence. Uber and Lyft provided a new service that cut into the entrenched and protected […]

In The Coming Mobile Payments Duel, Consumers Win

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Payment systems can be a dry topic until your credit card stops working or until hackers dip into your credit. Then our interest is piqued in how to avoid today’s clunky credit cards. Mobile payments will deliver more convenience and much more safety for consumers. Unlike the security exposure of credit card signatures and numbers […]