ACI in Real Clear Policy

Mobile communications and social networking concept

As wireless broadband grow continues to outpace the spectrum available, there are risks of congestion and poorer service.  The FCC, Congress and the President have pledged to get more spectrum online as soon as possible.  This article, written by Alan Daley discusses an easy source of Wi-Fi spectrum.

ACI in the Hill’s Congress Blog: Getting more Wi-Fi Spectrum

road traffic

A number of reports have estimated the economic benefits of broadband services, such as wireline and licensed wireless services, and their contribution to consumer welfare and creation of the jobs in the U.S. economy. That much is clear. However, a recent study shows that even unlicensed spectrum produces sizable benefits. The takeaway – policymakers and […]

Leadership Needed at DOJ

private sign 1140x445

The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a search warrant to Microsoft requiring it to produce the emails of an alleged Irish drug dealer. The emails are stored in Ireland on a Microsoft server. Irish law generally prohibits release of a citizen’s private information without authorization by Ireland – which has not been forthcoming. Microsoft faces […]

Handicapping the Gaming Location: ACI in The Hill’s Congress Blog

poker

In 2011, the Justice Department and the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the 1961 Wire Act, which outlawed the use of wired communications facilities to make bets, applied only to sports betting and not online poker. Since then, New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada have passed laws to allow, regulate and tax online […]

Internet Command and Control Regulation

technology-header

As many observers know by now, the FCC is contemplating reclassifying the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act, which would make the Internet a public utility rather than its current classification of Title I, which applies to information services. The FCC’s reply comments for this proceeding ended this Wednesday. Though net neutrality proponents […]

FCC Filing: Evidence of Harm from Net Neutrality

internet-header

Yesterday, The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) filed reply comments to the FCC’s Open Internet proceeding (GN 14-28 and GN 09-191). The reply was filed with four attachments (studies) that provide evidence of the harm that onerous regulations would have on Internet consumers. While the text is pasted below, ACI’s full filing […]

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Cyber-Lessee

computer spy

Cyber skills can provide countries with aggressive capabilities disproportionately greater than their population or GDP. The US tries to cloak its cyber prowess in silence, somewhat like China and Russia.  Smaller actors such as South Korea and Iran either want others to know or they ineptly cover their tracks. Some nations such as Israel and […]

The Consumer Costs of Net Neutrality

empty wallet 1140x445

Proponents of regulating Internet services and service providers, called net neutrality, have seen their cause take a hit in recent months, but that’s not stopping them from finding other avenues to impose their favored regulations. In January, a DC Appeals court struck down the FCCs net neutrality rules, saying they weren’t permissible for companies that […]