After years of trying to regulate information services based on fear, the FCC has decided to look at the behavioral record of Internet service providers (ISPs) and the diminished broadband investment due to the FCC’s prophylactic regulations for Net Neutrality. The nation’s economy relies on broadband capacity but since the threat of net neutrality regulations, […]
Software makers invariably leave security vulnerabilities in their products. They take pains to remove bugs and most test the software thoroughly to reveal shortcomings. They rarely catch all the potential problems even when they apply a lot of time, skill and money. Those who claim software can be thoroughly debugged and vulnerability-free reveal their inexperience […]
Twenty-one nonprofit groups submitted a letter to members of Congress asking them to be mindful of using a competitive bidding process when considering appropriations and legislation related to revitalizing the Nation’s aging infrastructure. By one estimate, open competition rules would save the federal government hundreds of billions of dollars. The coalition letter is available online.
For consumers, personal sound amplification devices can boost sound that is too faint for most of us to hear. This technology can be used by consumers who want to temporarily heighten their hearing, including the use of headphones and equipment used to modestly boost the sound on telephones, listening devices and other audio amplification, and […]
The Border Adjustment on corporate federal taxes is part of a large proposed revamp to the tax code. The purpose of the package is to stimulate US production and exports, increase employment within US goods-producing industries, and come closer to a balance of federal revenues and expenditures. The overall tax package will shift the emphasis […]
Today, the American Consumer Institute filed an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court in the State of California arguing that San Francisco’s rights-of-way regulations are over-reaching and will interfere with 5G broadband Investment, thereby harming consumer welfare. The brief is available here.
Despite the U.S. Postal Service’s positive outlook surrounding its last quarterly financial report, the stark reality remains that the agency’s losses continue – this time with $562 million in the red. By touting the gains in “controllable income” the USPS presents an incomplete and misleading perspective of the full costs that it incurs to bring its […]
Today, a large group of nonprofit and taxpayer advocates submitted a letter to members of Congress urging them to promote the availability of private flood insurance as an alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The current government program is $25 billion in the red. Allowing the private sector to provide these services to […]
Pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), companies that administer prescription drug plans on behalf of insurers and employers, have recently come under increased scrutiny for the role they play in increasing prescription drug costs. By acting as middlemen in the process of negotiating drug prices between drug manufacturers and health plans, they create “an environment for conflicts […]
Today, ACI joined a broad coalition of nonprofit groups in opposition to a Congressional proposal to give the FDA authority to regulate over-the-counter personal sound application devices sold in many stores, including Best Buy, Walmart and others. These regulations would do little to benefit consumers, but would certainly lead to significantly higher consumer prices. Download the Letter.