The ongoing discord between retailers and the banking industry highlights the disagreement regarding payment cards and where the technology is headed. While the financial industry often deflects calls for improving credit card security by conjuring up the prospect of a mobile and biometric payment world, those days are too far from now for us to […]
American Consumer Institute applauds passage of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. Following the passage of H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, which included the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act preventing new taxes on consumers’ Internet access, Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute for Citizen Research, issued the following statement: […]
ACI’s filing provides evidence that the US Postal service is using its monopoly services to cross-subsidize its unregulated businesses. The filing, available here, suggests that the Commission implement a full cost model that would require unregulated entities to pay the total costs of its operations and not push those costs to regulated services. In recent […]
A group of think tanks, including the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research, sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of measures that would protect online free speech, opinions and reviews, and would deter lawsuits that attempt to intimidate and limit public participation. The Letter is available online.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its advanced estimate of Gross Domestic Product and found the economy grew at an annualized rate of only 0.7% for the fourth quarter of 2015. The government release is available online.
A coalition of 45 organizations, including the American Consumer Institute, sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate urging them to pass legislation that would permanently prevent consumer taxes on Internet access services. The letter is available online.
Dear Committee Members and Staff: Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments regarding the Postal Service’s deteriorating service quality and its weakened ability to adequately fulfill its primary responsibilities that are consistent with its original charter. As millions of American consumers across country continue to depend on the US Postal Service’s basic service to […]
This op-ed co-authored by Steve Pociask and Alan Daley discusses the consumer, economic and environmental benefits of broadband Internet services, and why these Internet consumer services should not be taxed. To read the article, visit Forbes online.
A new ACI study, Concentration by Regulation, finds that the FCC’s new 1930s public utility-style regulations are reducing broadband investment, innovation and choice, while increasing market concentration. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to provide a “deregulatory framework” for increasing competition and to “accelerate rapidly private sector deployment of advanced telecommunications and information technologies and services […]
This piece, published for the Orlando Sentinel, reviews the recent steps that Florida regulators and policymakers have undertaken to reform insurance regulations that were putting taxpayers and consumers at risk. The piece reviews changes that were made in 2015 and makes policy suggestions for 2016. It is available online at the Orlando Sentinel.