Is Dish Cheating Consumers?

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The Heartland Institute quotes ACI in an article on Dish Network’s entities and their alleged collusive and coordinated bidding at the last FCC wireless broadband auction. Dish, a $15B in revenue company, may succeed in having its two bidding entities qualify for a 25% small business discount on the last auction.  The auction result is bad for consumers and taxpayers.  […]

ACI in Forbes: The Spectrum Shortage Is Coming

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The booming demand for wireless services continues to be big news and it should be. A recent report estimates 2014 total wireless subscriber connections to have topped 355 million, along with nearly 2 trillion text messages and more than 4 trillion megabits of wireless data traffic. The brisk rise in smartphone users, increase in video streaming and […]

DOJ’s Twisted Logic: Rigging Auctions Promotes Competition

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It is with total disbelief that I write about a recent letter from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the rules for the upcoming “competitive” Spectrum auction. In the letter, the DOJ – the United States’ chief antitrust and law enforcement agency – writes in support of […]

Cyber-Attack Detection is Difficult, Needs Monitoring

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Despite cyber-prowess and a staggering and secret budget, US intelligence agencies appeared unable to halt a deep and sustained invasion of sensitive federal information.  In May, an attack hit the IT system of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and its data stored at the Department of the Interior’s data center. Information for about 4 […]

ACI in the Daily Caller: Spectrum Auction Shenanigans

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Dish Network and T-Mobile are reportedly in talks about a possible merger, a move motivated by Dish’s recent acquisition of wireless broadband spectrum at the AWS-3 spectrum auction. Dish and T-Mobile’s potential consolidation poses significant detriments to consumers, wireless service providers and the government, when placed in the larger context of Dish’s potentially anticompetitive behavior. […]

ACI in the Hill: Do the Right Thing; Protect the Internet

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An important bill for American consumers has arrived in the Senate.  Senators can vote to protect consumers by passing The Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (S. 431).  It is a clean, straightforward bill that tracks the consumers’ interest and it deserves quick consideration and handling. Last year, a similar bill reached the Senate after arriving […]

Don’t tax the Internet

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Up for vote in the House tomorrow is a bill introduced earlier this year to make the ban on Internet taxes permanent (H.R. 235 or the “Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act”).  The tax moratorium was first passed in 1998, creating a 15-year ban on the taxation of Internet access. The bill has been continually extended […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: America’s Obsession With Spectrum

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Consumers are using wireless communications services at a torrid pace.  These services’ 336 million subscribers use wireless connections to make conventional voice calls, send texts, and get access to a host of Internet websites, including educational information, government services, news, games and video entertainment, business and employment-related services, and specialized health systems, to name a […]

ACI in the Daily Caller: $3.3 Billion That Belongs To The Public

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In the FCC’s recent incentive auction for spectrum, a total of $41 billion was bid.  As expected, the winning bidders tended to be enormous, but this time, exceedingly small Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo stood out. Both have affiliation with Dish Network, the satellite TV outfit with revenues of $14.6 billion and a market […]

Americans’ Privacy and the Feckless Six

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been aggressively dithering on privacy since at least 2008, when it allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to capture metadata from telephone calls. The DOJ talks a brave “civil rights” game in public but behind the scenes it invades the publics’ and even news reporter’s privacy whenever senior […]