This ACI op-ed, published in FORBES, discusses the U.S. Postal Service’s monopoly on the use of your mailbox. When a private delivery service puts your package into your mailbox, the Postal Service can remove your package and then require consumers to pay the postal service to retrieve their own package. With the growth in online shopping, there is a need to modernize this archaic regulation.
Many people on the Hill and in the voting public are annoyed with sanctuary cities’ refusal to enforce laws that require the transferring of apprehended suspects and felons to the federal jurisdiction. This is especially true for convicted criminals who are also undocumented aliens. The elected representatives of sanctuary cities are striking this vaguely stylish […]
While consumers are unlikely to have direct contact with a “block chain,” the advantage that these public ledgers deliver to businesses will be felt in higher security and lower costs for consumers. The use of block chains in the financial sector is still under development so it may be poorly understood. Block chains have long […]
This Forbes op-ed discusses the finding from ACI’s new study, which examines the host of new federal telecommunications regulations and the resulting negative effects that these regulations are and will be having on private broadband investment and jobs. To read the study, visit FORBES.
Broadband Regulations Are Discouraging Investment and Job Creation (Washington, D.C.)—A new report released today by the American Consumer Institute finds broadband network companies create 4,200 more jobs than large web-based providers for every billion dollars in revenue, but this added job creation is being threatened by onerous regulations. “We’re witnessing a crippling wave of overregulation […]
The never-ending friction between common sense and political meddling has metastasized into needless automobile insurance regulation. The New York State Department of Financial Services has started probing the legitimacy of considering occupation as a factor in setting automobile insurance rates. In order to get the right prices, i.e. prices that reflect anticipated claims cost, insurance […]
If a patent is violated and the government agrees that the infringing product should be banned from importation, reasonable steps should be considered to limit any immediate impact on consumers, when necessary. An infringement case on a medical device used for cancer treatment provides a prime example of intellectual property (IP) protection and consumer protection. […]
Companies can provide wonderful results for consumers or they can be a huge disappointment. When they short change us or act against our interests, we need ways to force them to make amends. That’s when we remember the “boilerplate” we agreed to right after the sale took place. Most of the time that contract will […]
Today, the U.S. Postal Service announced a $5.6 billion loss for the 2016 fiscal year. These poor results now mark 10 straight years in which the USPS has produce a loss of $1 billion or more. As a result of this trend, the Postal Service has lost over $50 billion during this time period. American […]
A compact outline of what to expect from the early days of President-Elect Trump is revealed in his Contract with the American Voter. A more compact version of the Contract is available in the last 2 pages below. The Contract states President-Elect Trump’s intentions for the early days of his presidency. The 100-day time frame […]