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 […]

ACI in Real Clear Policy

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As wireless broadband grow continues to outpace the spectrum available, there are risks of congestion and poorer service.  The FCC, Congress and the President have pledged to get more spectrum online as soon as possible.  This article, written by Alan Daley discusses an easy source of Wi-Fi spectrum.

ACI in the Hill’s Congress Blog: Getting more Wi-Fi Spectrum

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A number of reports have estimated the economic benefits of broadband services, such as wireline and licensed wireless services, and their contribution to consumer welfare and creation of the jobs in the U.S. economy. That much is clear. However, a recent study shows that even unlicensed spectrum produces sizable benefits. The takeaway – policymakers and […]

NC Needs to Do a Better Job of Protecting Foster Parents

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Foster parents provide their time and love to protect the most vulnerable in our state. It is time for the General Assembly to help protect the foster parents. To read or print the entire op-ed, visit the Raleigh News and Observer.  For more information, contact us at info@theamericanconsumer.org.  

Handicapping the Gaming Location: ACI in The Hill’s Congress Blog

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In 2011, the Justice Department and the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the 1961 Wire Act, which outlawed the use of wired communications facilities to make bets, applied only to sports betting and not online poker. Since then, New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada have passed laws to allow, regulate and tax online […]

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 […]