This ACI op-ed, published in FORBES, discusses the U.S. Postal Service’s monopoly on the use of your mailbox. When a private delivery service puts your package into your mailbox, the Postal Service can remove your package and then require consumers to pay the postal service to retrieve their own package. With the growth in online shopping, there is a need to modernize this archaic regulation.
This Forbes op-ed discusses the finding from ACI’s new study, which examines the host of new federal telecommunications regulations and the resulting negative effects that these regulations are and will be having on private broadband investment and jobs. To read the study, visit FORBES.
Broadband Regulations Are Discouraging Investment and Job Creation (Washington, D.C.)—A new report released today by the American Consumer Institute finds broadband network companies create 4,200 more jobs than large web-based providers for every billion dollars in revenue, but this added job creation is being threatened by onerous regulations. “We’re witnessing a crippling wave of overregulation […]
The EU fired its privacy blunderbuss against Yahoo, Facebook and What’s App, but that gun fires both ways. If and when the EU bothers to probe who actually is dropping the privacy balls, it will need a mirror and the full dossier on its own security agencies and success against hackers. This piece, written by […]
We repeatedly confront the gulf between law enforcement’s and civilians’ understanding of what online security is and whom it is meant to protect. Well-meaning law enforcement officials and earnest public advocates talk past each other because they harbor different understandings of online security. Law enforcement works hard to protect the public. In its quest to […]
Seventeen years ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved to deregulate private business lines, referred to as Business Data Services (BDS) – effectively going from rate-of-return regulation to price cap regulation and permitting full price flexibility in competitive business markets. Now the FCC appears to have changed its mind – despite evidence showing that the […]
About 5,300 Wells Fargo employees took advantage of their employer’s incentive bonuses by creating 1.5 million deposit accounts and 565,000 credit cards without the customers’ awareness. Wells Fargo admitted the misbehavior and seems determined to do the right thing by its customer. It fired 5,000 and to identify the problem in detail, it set in […]
Wireless companies are experimenting with new offerings that allow consumers to use data to access some content at no charge. You would think that a plan to give customers free data would not be controversial, but it is. Now a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has stepped forward to announce that she would […]
The latest bad news in consumer taxes is suitably framed against a backdrop of by terrorist and hacker disruptions and by disappointments from automobile recalls, excessive drug prices and the chronic bickering over how to increase income taxes. During 2016, governments decided again to impose higher taxes on our innocent and productive uses of wireless […]
We are now seeing hundreds of mobile apps that conduct Internet transactions and monitor our environment. We can download them and set them in motion with little effort. Most of these apps interact between our mobile device and a web server, but there is a class of apps that operate mostly between devices with little […]