This ConsumerGram looks at the impending surge in demand for senior housing in California and finds that policymakers need to take steps now to encourage investment by enacting policies that reduce the time and cost of development and make housing more affordable for seniors. Follow the links to read the entire ConsumerGram or ACI’s news release.
Today marks the deadline for filing comments into the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) docket on Broadband Privacy. Based upon the language in their proposed rules, the Commission would like the American public to believe that they have a clear path forward to adequately protect consumer data online. This could not be more false. As I […]
Last year, ACI’s Alan Daily wrote two pieces on patent trolls and how these trolls were “shopping” courts to find forums with better legal outcomes. Today, a broad coalition of think tanks has sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would curtail this “gamesmanship” and reduce abusive patent lawsuits. The letter is […]
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 […]