When Creative Destruction Strikes Near Home

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Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports on new jobs, unemployment and other measures about the labor force.  At least 200,000 new jobs per month are needed to keep pace with labor force growth.  But that paints an incomplete picture.  The quality of jobs created and lost each month matters a lot.  Well-paying […]

ACI Statement on the Upcoming Cybercrime Hearing

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On January 27, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will host a hearing to discuss solutions to the ever-growing problem of cybercrime. The Committee has recognized the need for a solution that could help alleviate the consequences consumers face in the event of a data breach. Chip and PIN technology is one such […]

Rigidity in Privacy, Transparency and Security

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There are persisting frictions among the public and policymakers regarding three privacy orientations: those who rank privacy above security, those who rank transparency of information above privacy, and those who rank security above privacy. These tribal orientations cannot be localized into “no go” neighborhoods, so we cannot “opt out” from the consequences of each orientation. The […]

Should Government and the Private Sector Cooperate In Cybersecurity?

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The public was offended when NSA coopted RSA’s encryption products and we were disappointed when some social media firms shared their customer’s private data with government, other firms, and law enforcement.  It’s not acceptable for government and industry to cooperate against the public at large, but when we face genuine national security threats, most of […]

Negative Impact of Regulations on Innovation

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In mobile wireless and Internet markets, consumers deserve the final say on which constructive innovations, new product features and infrastructure should survive. In those markets, consumers notice the rapid pace of change and while they may not use every innovation that comes along, they welcome the steady stream of appealing changes and increased value from […]

The Hill Cites ACI and Congressional Letter on Consumer Fees

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The Hill is the latest media outlet to cite ACI’s work on patent pool charges that unnecessarily raise electronic prices paid by consumers.  Our work is also cited by Congressman Pompeo’s letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.  To read the Hill’s article, Click here.

ACI Noted in Congressional Letter to FCC

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Last week, Congressman Mike Pompeo wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on what role the FCC has and what actions the FCC can take to stop the patent pool abuse that is driving up consumer electronic prices by $200 million per year.  ACI has written about this is a number of times: Huffington Post Daily Caller […]

Choosing a Wireless Service?

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American consumers are fortunate to have four large-scale wireless service providers, plus a few carriers who service specialized territories or discount options, such as prepaid services. According to the big four’s second quarter 2014 financial reports, Verizon and AT&T each serve over 100 million retail wireless connections (phones, tablets, and personal Wi Fi hotspot devices). […]

DOJ Overreach Could Kill the Digital Economy

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The health of the digital tech economy is inextricably linked to the health of the U.S. economy. According to a newly released Brookings Institute study, 61% of all U.S. exports were digitally delivered, and international digital trade was responsible for adding 2.4 million jobs. A McKinsey Report estimated that improved use of data could generate […]

If Skilled Workers Don’t Come, the U.S. Loses

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As Washington continues to debate immigration, one aspect of our immigration laws that are sometimes overlooked is that of high-skilled immigrants seeking to work in the US. Immigrants with education and experience in the STEM fields can apply for an H-1B visa, of which there are 85,000 visas available on a yearly basis. These visas […]