Wannacry (aka Wannacrypt) is a cyberattack worm that encrypts data on a computer and asks for a ransom payment in order to decrypt that data. The victimized computers cannot perform their normal functions, and cannot retrieve from their databases. Wannacry was spreading rapidly through Western Europe and the US during mid-May 2017. Wannacry might well […]
The cost of US health care is about 17% of GDP and it is expected that there will be 35 million hospital admissions in 2017. In 2004, 133 million Americans lived with a chronic disease. Cost and suffering support aggressive research into prevention and treatment of infections, accidents and disorders. Three conditions — heart disease, […]
ACI joins 65 nonprofit organizations in filing a comments with the FCC in connection with its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to restore Internet Freedom. Comments are available online.
In this proceeding, the Federal Communications Commission considers preserving a free and open Internet by reducing government regulatory controls, while restoring market-based policies to encourage investment, deployment and access, as well as to improve aggregate consumer welfare. The Commission has indicated its intent to focus on facts and reasoned analyses to determine whether retaining, eliminating […]
Dear Chairman Crapo and Ranking Member Brown: I am writing to urge the Committee to include the bipartisan Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act in any reauthorization bill. This bill, which passed the House 419-0 last year and recently passed out of the House Financial Services Committee unanimously is needed to clarify that consumers […]
This op-ed, published in the Miami Herald and written by Alan Daley, discusses a costly trend that is pushing up Florida’s homeowner premiums — “assignment of benefits” contractor fraud. The piece can be read and printed at the Miami Herald — http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article161321238.html.
Internet regulations are tightening into a chokehold for Internet service providers and edge providers. To the delight of some, governments east of the Atlantic are regulating what content is permissible to store or display. Regulations on the use of consumer information and on grades of access service have been tightened to the extent that they […]
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the consumer technology lobby are making a big push in support of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act of 2017. Their message is very consumer-focused: This bill will improve consumer access to hearing aids by making them available over the counter for the first time. Unfortunately, it’s a message that is […]
Alan Daley wrote an op-ed cautioning the development of tax reforms that needlessly tax some services, like reinsurance. Such taxes would needlessly raise consumer prices without offsetting or adjusting any international taxes. His piece can be read at the Naples Daily News. Use Caution in Tax Reform Tax reform could provide a much-needed boost to […]
As Congress and the new Administration work on the new federal budget, there will be a heavy focus on creating the right conditions for generating economic growth and protecting taxpayers. Achieving these goals will stand to produce positive ripple effects across critical domestic markets and affect overall consumer well-being. Two of the primary avenues Congress […]