ACI in the HILL: Chip/PIN, Best Near-term Solution

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A recent piece in The Hill’s Congress Blog missed some important points on the security benefits that chip and PIN technology provides. While I agree with the author’s view that there is no silver bullet for preventing all credit card fraud, chip and PIN is the best available near-term solution to protect American consumers from […]

ACI in the Gainesville Sun: Better Prep for the Storm

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While there is no preventative measure to stop a hurricanes from reaching Florida, preparation is paramount and it requires going beyond buying generators and stocking up on batteries, bread and water. It requires financial preparation, which is something that Florida leadership has been focused on in recent years. Fortunately, progress is being made, despite some […]

ACI in Forbes: FCC’s Tax and Subsidy Plan

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is contemplating a new universal service program that would subsidize broadband services for low-income consumers, and it is looking to use its Lifeline program, which currently subsidizes low-income telephone service consumers, as the model to follow.  However, a closer look at the history of the billion-plus Lifeline program shows a wasteful […]

FCC Chairman Appoints ACI President to the CAC

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Today, the FCC announced that Chairman Wheeler has appointed membership to the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC).  Steve Pociask (ACI president) was selected as one of CAC’s members, with Dr. Joseph Fuhr (professor of economics at Widener University and Senior Fellow at ACI) as an alternate to the CAC.

ConsumerGram: Patient Benefits from Biosimilar Competition

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The recent approval of the first biosimilar drug by the FDA will mark the beginning of competition for a class of lifesaving medicines in the U.S., after nearly a decade of availability in Europe and elsewhere.  This ConsumerGram will explore how the pending introduction of competition for biologic drugs will lead to immense consumer benefits, both […]

Letter to NC House: Auto Rates Increases are Punitive

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Dear Representative: Some of us have heard claims that North Carolina, compared to other states, has the lowest auto insurance rates in the country.  However, few know that the data supporting these claims cover only consumers with spotless driving records who drive brand new cars. The reality is that these consumers are few and far […]

ACI in the Hill’s Congress Blog: Disasters Could Be Less Disastrous

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No region of the United States has a monopoly on catastrophes. Our communities are exposed to floods, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, droughts and fires. Some of us are more accustomed to seasonal flooding and high winds, and others to drought and fires. We never know precisely when they will arrive, but we know they will surely […]

ACI in Breitbart: Post Office Keeps Speading its Losses

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This piece discusses the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) financial situation — $50 billion in losses over the last eight years.  The fact is that USPS is making profits in some of its core activities, yet trying to use its postal monopoly to expand into new, but unprofitable, ventures — such as grocery delivery and financial services.  In the […]

ACI Participates in ITERA Conference

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The Telecommunications and Information Technology Conference,  whose institutional members consist of twenty major U.S. universities, addressed a variety of science, engineering, educational management, network, privacy, security and other network issues at its eleventh annual conference in Washington, DC on March 27th to 28th of this year.  ACI president, Steve Pociask participated on a panel that discussed the […]