Too often privacy advocates place privacy atop a rickety altar. They fuel the media’s spin on government spying and usually ignore public safety. They shriek democracy could be at risk because privacy-violating security agencies cannot be trusted and they allege outrageous 4th amendment violations. They underplay destruction through covert terrorism. In practice, the US government […]
ACI Study Finds Retransmission Consent Will Discourage Broadcasters from Spectrum Auctions Could Lead to One-Half Trillion in Consumer Welfare Losses WASHINGTON, DC (December 4, 2013) – A new study by the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) finds that regulations put in place over twenty years ago to protect TV broadcast stations from […]
The FCC has announced plans to begin a technology overhaul that will pave the way for new and better telecommunications services and applications. Last week, new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler began to take steps towards making video calls more of a reality (what then-FCC commissioner Michael Powell called in 2000 “The Great Digital Broadband Migration”). […]
We have all heard it all before — politicians are looking out for the “little guy.” However, once these pro-consumer policies are enacted, they sometimes have adverse consequences on consumers and reduce consumer welfare. In fact, they often have a disproportionate and negative impact on lower income consumers. Our earlier articles provided examples of these […]
If you’ve spent any time with American Consumer Institute research and material, you’re familiar with our love of the Internet, technology and its promise to change economies, create new markets, and alter the way consumers live for the better. The Internet has certainly proven this out even as the relative age of the Internet is […]
We should expect some relatively fast action on privacy regulation in the U.S., E.U., and Brasil. All had been working on privacy legislation, but public knowledge that Brazil’s and E.U. leaders’ phones were US-bugged caused those leaders extreme embarrassment. Today, they think privacy regulation is the flame retardant needed to quench burning hair. Strong-sounding privacy […]
The Senate has confirmed Tom Wheeler as the next Chairman for the Federal Communications Commission. ACI applauds the decision to confirm Wheeler, who now takes on a major role in spurring the transitioning from an old copper-based communications network to an all IP world. News of his confirmation is available at the USA Today.