After years of trying to regulate information services based on fear, the FCC has decided to look at the behavioral record of Internet service providers (ISPs) and the diminished broadband investment due to the FCC’s prophylactic regulations for Net Neutrality. The nation’s economy relies on broadband capacity but since the threat of net neutrality regulations, […]
Today, the American Consumer Institute filed an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court in the State of California arguing that San Francisco’s rights-of-way regulations are over-reaching and will interfere with 5G broadband Investment, thereby harming consumer welfare. The brief is available here.
Statement by Steve Pociask, president of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research: “The American Consumer Institute applauds the FCC and its announcement yesterday to initiate a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to review and potentially reverse the onerous Internet regulations put in place in 2015. The Internet, as we know it, flourished under a light-touch regulatory model. Despite […]
FCC Chair Ajit Pai has not even hit his 100-day mark as chairman, but he is already on track to become the most consequential and arguably the most successful FCC leader in a generation. Fresh from his success in urging Congress to overturn the Obama FCC’s poorly written and absurdly complex internet privacy proposal, Pai […]
Fifth-generation mobile wireless (5G) standards have been drafted and early stage public trials will be underway in the first half of this year. To move 5G beyond its infancy, US network operators and device makers will need to invest $275 billion in the next seven years. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started down the […]
The EU is crafting rules to “better fight crime and terror.” Earlier, the EU had tightened rules governing the EU peoples’ private information, and some EU nations are preparing their own versions of privacy protections. Last week, the US Congress repealed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules governing internet service provider (ISP) use of consumers’ browsing […]
“The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research applauds Chairman Pai and the FCC for taking a positive step towards a more competitive and vibrant BDS marketplace. The FCC’s prior rate regulations imposed on incumbent local exchange carriers provided no benefit consumers, businesses, broadband build-out and the economy. In fact, setting artificially low rates hinders […]
Internet regulations are tightening into a chokehold for Internet service providers and edge providers. To the delight of some, governments east of the Atlantic are regulating what content is permissible to store or display. Regulations on the use of consumer information and on grades of access service have been tightened to the extent that they […]
Congress takes a lot of heat for gridlock, partisanship and failing to keep its promises. We should applaud it when it takes strong pro-consumer actions like it is right now. To read our latest piece, visit Forbes.
Fifth-generation mobile wireless (5G) will soon be on its way. 5G supported devices will include cell phones, laptops, fax machines, security camera monitoring systems, some medical devices, traffic signals, factory floor robots and the other “connected” devices that make up the “Internet of Things” (IoT). The 5G standard will support at least a 20 gigabits […]