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.
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 […]
A coalition of 45 organizations, including the American Consumer Institute, sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate urging them to pass legislation that would permanently prevent consumer taxes on Internet access services. The letter is available online.
This op-ed co-authored by Steve Pociask and Alan Daley discusses the consumer, economic and environmental benefits of broadband Internet services, and why these Internet consumer services should not be taxed. To read the article, visit Forbes online.
Does the FCC’s public utility-style regulation of wireline incumbent telephone companies (abbreviated here as ILECs) and their legacy copper-based voice services work to protect consumers or impede broadband competition? That is the question explored by a new American Consumer Institute study. Telephone service regulations came about in the 1930s to control the telephone industry’s monopoly […]
A new ACI study, Concentration by Regulation, finds that the FCC’s new 1930s public utility-style regulations are reducing broadband investment, innovation and choice, while increasing market concentration. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to provide a “deregulatory framework” for increasing competition and to “accelerate rapidly private sector deployment of advanced telecommunications and information technologies and services […]
In a discussion of who might best secure the consumer’s privacy interests, the FCC, the FTC and the NTIA each made the case for being awarded the prize. The credentials offered included the FCC’s treatment of Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI), and the FTC’s successes with halting advertiser’s Internet tracking of consumers. It was very thin gruel and […]
In the United States, three pieces of legislation set the stage for government and national security agencies to access and use private information stored in electronic media. In the United Kingdom, a bill would make national security access easier. The European Union’s new privacy law is set to replace the 28-nation hodgepodge of privacy and […]
Repeating History — Steve Pociask, president of the American Consumer Institute, says taxpayer-funded Internet service leads to higher tax bills. “I think the thing that consumers need to know, is that when you look at all the empirical evidence, time and time again the public provision of private goods such as broadband services seems to […]