Twenty-one nonprofit groups submitted a letter to members of Congress asking them to be mindful of using a competitive bidding process when considering appropriations and legislation related to revitalizing the Nation’s aging infrastructure. By one estimate, open competition rules would save the federal government hundreds of billions of dollars. The coalition letter is available online.
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.
Despite the U.S. Postal Service’s positive outlook surrounding its last quarterly financial report, the stark reality remains that the agency’s losses continue – this time with $562 million in the red. By touting the gains in “controllable income” the USPS presents an incomplete and misleading perspective of the full costs that it incurs to bring its […]
Today, a large group of nonprofit and taxpayer advocates submitted a letter to members of Congress urging them to promote the availability of private flood insurance as an alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The current government program is $25 billion in the red. Allowing the private sector to provide these services to […]
Today, ACI joined a broad coalition of nonprofit groups in opposition to a Congressional proposal to give the FDA authority to regulate over-the-counter personal sound application devices sold in many stores, including Best Buy, Walmart and others. These regulations would do little to benefit consumers, but would certainly lead to significantly higher consumer prices. Download the Letter.
Today, a coalition of organizations sent a letter to Maryland Governor Hogan objecting to a bill that gives the State’s Attorney General additional authority over competitive generic drug pricing — drugs that are typically 80% lower than their name brand counterparts. The letter is signed by American Consumer Institute, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy, FreedomWorks, Frontiers of Freedom, Independent Women’s […]
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on Postal reform. The panel included Steve Pociask (The American Consumer Institute), Justin Sykes (Americans for Tax Reform), Kevin Kosar (R Street Institute), and George Landrith (Frontiers of Freedom). Currently, the Postal Service is falling far short of its Congressional objectives, is not meeting any of its on time mail […]
Today, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research announces the release of its newest ConsumerGram, outlining the importance of freight rail and how reregulating the industry would be detrimental to American consumers. Prior to 1980, the financial viability of the rail industry was threatened by overly-burdensome regulations that drove-up operating costs and increased the […]
“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 […]
The following letter to Congress urges them to use the authority provided in the Congressional Review Act to rescind the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Privacy Order — Coalition Letter.