This piece, written by ACI’s Alan Daley and published in the Daily Caller, discusses a disturbing trend — the erasing and loss of government emails during recent investigations and requests. This trend weakens the public’s trust in government and it points to a lack of accountability in a number of federal agencies.
Consumers welcome a variety of competing electronic sources and delivery pathways for entertainment and news, but content dictates the winner. Consumers usually have multiple platforms (TV and cable box, PC and smartphone) for digital messaging, streaming video, and TV programs from over the air, mobile wireless, cable and satellite formats. Each of the streaming and […]
There is yet another significant increase in insurance fraud that is pushing up homeowner premiums in Florida. This op-ed discusses the problem and how it can be fixed. PUBLISHED IN CONTEXT FLORIDA: Alan Daley: The new magnet for insurance scams in Florida When consumers experience water damage unconnected to hurricanes, they usually call a plumber, a […]
ACI’s filing provides evidence that the US Postal service is using its monopoly services to cross-subsidize its unregulated businesses. The filing, available here, suggests that the Commission implement a full cost model that would require unregulated entities to pay the total costs of its operations and not push those costs to regulated services. In recent […]
A group of think tanks, including the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research, sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of measures that would protect online free speech, opinions and reviews, and would deter lawsuits that attempt to intimidate and limit public participation. The Letter is available online.
This article, by Alan Daley, discusses how the FCC keeps changing what qualifies as high-speed broadband services, and how that definition creates shortfalls that conveniently perpetuate regulations. It is published in the Daily Caller.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its advanced estimate of Gross Domestic Product and found the economy grew at an annualized rate of only 0.7% for the fourth quarter of 2015. The government release is available online.
Student loans regularly grab headlines, but loans are typically a small part of financing a college education. Personal and family contributions, federal grants and subsidies are actually a bigger part of the total outlay. College students and their families have been borrowing and repaying for almost a lifetime. Today’s hideous $1.2 trillion total of student […]
For the first time ever, incumbent telephone companies have sustained back-to-back quarterly declines in the absolute number of wireline-based broadband subscribers. A new study from our organization, the American Consumer Institute, shows that regulations are a contributing factor to this drop — and also helped to cause the re-concentration of the wireline broadband market in […]
Illinois’ problems with government pension funds started with negotiated promises for excessive benefits. Some Illinois pensions run at $100,000 or more per year and half of employees retire with benefits before age 60. Those problems were inflamed by the state making smaller contributions than needed to support the benefit payouts. Instances of early retirements and […]