ACI in Real Clear Policy: Say No to Wireless Auctions Restrictions

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Real Clear Policy published an ACI blog that calls for open and competitive bidding rules for the upcoming wireless broadband auction.  To make matters worse, T-Mobile and Sprint have recently called on further favors from the FCC.  Read how these rules will negatively affect wireless consumers.

FCC Needs to End Bias Spectrum Bidding Rules

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Bidding Restrictions Could Lower Consumer Welfare by $230 Billion             To deal with the looming spectrum crunch, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which would, through reverse auctions, compensate TV stations for giving up broadcast airwaves and, through forward auctions, allow wireless service providers to repurpose the spectrum […]

Security and Trust are Both Lost

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A decade ago, Internet privacy violations were often pranks by script kiddies hoping to out-do each other through website defacements.  Today, such juvenile antics attract little notice.   Instead, more news covers criminal gangs from Eastern Europe who steal personal account and password information for bank and credit accounts.  Personal information and credit card numbers for […]

Are Net Neutrality Advocates Really Looking Out for Consumers?

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T-Mobile recently announced a new program called Music Freedom. The program allows their customers to stream music from a variety of streaming music services, including ones like Spotify, Slacker, Pandora and others, that wouldn’t count towards customer data caps. This announcement follows in step with other wireless carriers like AT&T, who previously announced their Sponsored […]

Senate Needs to Keep a Tax Free Internet

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Last week, after several years of attempts, the House finally voted to pass the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. The bill would prohibit taxing access to the Internet at the state, local and Federal levels. The current ban on Internet taxation ends in just a bit over three months from today.  Therefore, it is important […]

Balkanizing the Internet

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The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was the toppling domino that led to World War One.   The assassin’s action merely added to centuries of resentment and tension which made the Balkan nations ready to consider war.  Likewise, Edward Snowden is not accountable for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance of US citizens’ communications nor for its […]

The Right to Revise Personal History

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The European Court of Justice requires Internet search firms to accommodate requests from the pubic who want a story removed from search results when the story links to personal information that is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.” This new right is usually called the “right to be forgotten.” Google has removed search access to an […]

The Coming Battle over Encrypt-Decrypt Certification

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With disturbing frequency, cyberattacks on government institutions, infrastructure and commercial firms are being reported.  Attacks on government agencies seem to emanate from nation-state rivals such as Russia, China, and Iran.  The attacks are usually probes for intelligence on military strength or for design data on advanced military technologies.  Russia used this strategy to monitor Ukrainian […]

ACI in Forbes

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ACI has an article that discusses how two issues — the imposition of net neutrality regulations and the end of the  Internet Tax Moratorium – will lead to sharp increases in Internet taxes and a devastating impact on consumers.  To the read the article, “A Perfect Storm: Net Neutrality and the End of the Internet Tax Moratorium,” see […]

Our “Connection” to Wireless Services

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A new survey confirms Americans’ reliance on wireless services as a key component enabling them to earn a living, study, and socially communicate.  The online study by McLaughlin & Associates and partnered with Penn Schoen Berland was conducted during May 23-28, 2014 for MyWireless.org and covers likely voters with wireless services.  Overall, the results show […]