The Internet revolution is changing our lives in terms of how we shop, where we work, how we bank, how we communicate and get local news, and where we receive music and video content. However, while there has been an explosion of local news and content sources online, the regulations that govern related markets have […]
The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) is a nonprofit (501c3) educational and research institute with the mission to identify, analyze and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking proceedings in information technology, health care, insurance, energy and other matters. Recognizing that consumers’ interests can be variously defined and measured, […]
ACI joins 65 nonprofit organizations in filing a comments with the FCC in connection with its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to restore Internet Freedom. Comments are available online.
In this proceeding, the Federal Communications Commission considers preserving a free and open Internet by reducing government regulatory controls, while restoring market-based policies to encourage investment, deployment and access, as well as to improve aggregate consumer welfare. The Commission has indicated its intent to focus on facts and reasoned analyses to determine whether retaining, eliminating […]
After years of trying to regulate information services based on fear, the FCC has decided to look at the behavioral record of Internet service providers (ISPs) and the diminished broadband investment due to the FCC’s prophylactic regulations for Net Neutrality. The nation’s economy relies on broadband capacity but since the threat of net neutrality regulations, […]
FCC Chair Ajit Pai has not even hit his 100-day mark as chairman, but he is already on track to become the most consequential and arguably the most successful FCC leader in a generation. Fresh from his success in urging Congress to overturn the Obama FCC’s poorly written and absurdly complex internet privacy proposal, Pai […]
Fifth-generation mobile wireless (5G) standards have been drafted and early stage public trials will be underway in the first half of this year. To move 5G beyond its infancy, US network operators and device makers will need to invest $275 billion in the next seven years. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started down the […]
The EU is crafting rules to “better fight crime and terror.” Earlier, the EU had tightened rules governing the EU peoples’ private information, and some EU nations are preparing their own versions of privacy protections. Last week, the US Congress repealed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules governing internet service provider (ISP) use of consumers’ browsing […]
“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 […]
Congress takes a lot of heat for gridlock, partisanship and failing to keep its promises. We should applaud it when it takes strong pro-consumer actions like it is right now. To read our latest piece, visit Forbes.