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Our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 2.5% in the first quarter of 2013, slower than expected. Some expect GDP growth will drop to 1.5% by year end. At the end of the first quarter, 11.7 million workers were unemployed and another 7.6 million were working part time because that’s all they could find. For [...]
The idea of getting all of your television content on your digital devices grows stronger every day. The latest startup to bring those dreams into reality is Aereo, a new service that allows you to get live television broadcast directly to your computer, mobile device, or Apple TV or Roku device. The concept isn’t dissimilar [...]
The few robocalls I get on my cellphone are fast-talker recordings on a political issue. I often retort even though they are not listening. I don’t get any public service warnings telling me of looming tornados, school snow days or Amber Alerts. I don’t get sales calls from companies I have no affiliation with. Somehow [...]
Consumers have been cutting back on gasoline use. Many conserve because it is the right thing to do. More of us agree with that sentiment but have no real economic alternative to gasoline or diesel for the family’s transportation. Electric car and hybrid capital costs remain much higher than conventional car prices and many gas-fueled [...]
The follow opinion piece write by ACI’s Zack Christenson ran on 4/24/2013. It can be downloaded at the Daily Caller website. Online Taxation to Crush Competition On Monday, the Senate voted to take up the Marketplace Fairness Act, the bill that would force Internet retailers to begin collecting sales tax on purchases made online. Currently, [...]
Transport Secretary Ray LaHood has created a national crisis from the need to save $200 million. President Obama and Rahm Emanuel must be smiling broadly. In February 2013, LaHood promised there was no way around scaling back air traffic control staff if sequesters were enacted. Last week he affirmed that “We cannot avoid furloughs.” They’ve [...]
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has invited ACI president Steve Pociask to participate on the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC). The new CAC term will end October 23, 2014. For more information about the CAC, visit the FCC.
Just 28% of Americans hold a favorable view of the federal government. Favor in the federal government has sunk to a low water mark since its high of 81% in 2001. It’s not about government per se, since both state and local government enjoy much higher favorability from both parties. When President Obama arrived in [...]
About 3.5 million American “boomers” reach age 65 each year and they retire a few years before or after that age. Most start making changes in their lifestyle when their children leave. After exhaling and congratulating themselves that they “made it”, they start adjusting to the next phase of life. They will sharpen their plans [...]
As consumers, we rely directly on Internet for communicating with others, for earning a living, and for buying things or services that our families need. Indirectly, we depend on reliable Internet service to our friends and relatives, and to our merchants, employers and government. We need the physical Internet to work reliably and we expect [...]
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