The Hill’s Congress Blog: The DOJ’s 2 million Job Mistake

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a search warrant as part of a criminal drug investigation. While that may seem like a typical legal demand, the suspect lives in Ireland, and the email records that that the DOJ seek are being stored at a data center in Ireland belonging to an Irish subsidiary of […]

Daily Caller: Can the U.S. Seize Emails from Anywhere in the World?

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ACI’s writer, Zack Christenson, wrote a piece in Today’s Daily Caller that discusses the DOJ’s attempt to seize emails on foreign citizens that are stored on foreign data centers.  The blog discusses the huge economic consequences of such actions and how Congress is attempting to fix the problem.  To print and read the piece, visit […]

ACI in Forbes — NFL Price Fixing

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This article, written by Steve Pociask and available in Forbes, discusses “how Ticketmaster and the NFL have fixed the price” of  tickets resold online.  The NFL has partnered with Ticketmaster to set price floors, thereby making consumers pay more to buy previously sold tickets.  The action likely keeps cheaper online tickets out of the hands of consumers and allows […]

FCC Filing: Evidence of Harm from Net Neutrality

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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 […]

Socialized Costs of Misadventures — ACI in Real Clear Policy

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This piece, written by Alan Daley, discusses another drain on our taxes, but one that we typically don’t consider — the public costs expended in saving people who have put themselves in dangerous and hostile situations, or what he refers to as the “socialized costs of misadventures.”  To read and print the price, visit Real Clear Policy.

Time for a Permanent Internet Tax Moratorium

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A coalition of 42 companies, primarily independent nonprofit think tanks, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate calling for passage of a permanent Internet tax moratorium.  Failure for Congress to act in the next 60 days will lead to increased taxes for Internet consumers.  To read or print the letter, click here.  

ACI Files Comments on FCC Petition

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The FCC is considering a petition filed by two municipal-run broadband networks that asked the FCC to preempt state laws that limit the expansion of government-owed networks.  Today, ACI filed its comments pointing out how many of these networks are mismanaged, unprofitable and costly for consumers and taxpayers, as well as posing anticompetitive risks.  ACI’s comments are filed with the […]

ACI in the Hill’s Congressional Blog: Time for the FCC to Reconsider

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This piece, published in the Hill’s Congressional Blog by ACI’s president, Steve Pociask, discusses how the FCC’s restrictive wireless auction rules — rules that favor some bidders over others — is a recipe for failure.  The article shows that the auction rules will limit the proceeds, which in encourage fewer TV broadcasters to give up their spectrum.  That, […]