Comments of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research Regarding Docket No. RM2017-3 and Order No. 3673 Submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission, March 20, 2017 About ACI The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (“ACI”) is a nonprofit (501c3) educational and research institute with the mission to identify, analyze and protect […]
Employees in companies that do not offer a 401k arrangement face a disadvantage in saving for retirement. Tax exemption makes 401k retirement funds grow much quicker and the tax exemption is a strong incentive for employees to contribute regularly. The employee benefits from participation and society benefits in future years because the 401k funded employee […]
By installing the mail monopoly, the government never intended for consumers to foot the bill for massive debts through disingenuous price hikes – or potentially a taxpayer bailout. But unless things change, that’s exactly what they’ll continue to get. To read the op-ed, visit FORBES.
A compact outline of what to expect from the early days of President-Elect Trump is revealed in his Contract with the American Voter. A more compact version of the Contract is available in the last 2 pages below. The Contract states President-Elect Trump’s intentions for the early days of his presidency. The 100-day time frame […]
Out with the new and in with the old. Earlier this year, in a mad dash to obey the White House’s command to regulate Internet networks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposed Telecommunications Act Title II rules on Internet network services. Title II was infamous for price regulations that enforce the subsidies which consumers learned […]
Imagine a Federal agency calling for public input on an important issue while one of its top officials simultaneously tells corporations at a private event how they can rig the process for their own benefit. That’s what’s going on at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this month. The agency, evidently not content with its February […]
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has been calling for the FCC to reconsider the broadcaster exclusivity rule. At first blush, getting rid of rules sounds like a good idea. Who doesn’t want more deregulation? The problem is this isn’t the comprehensive video market reform that would unwind 70 years of video regulation in […]
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has long been regarded as being the expert agency for communications issues. However, its recent conclusion that imposing public utility-style regulations on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would work to increase broadband investment casts serious doubt on its expertise and independence. Last February, the FCC issued its Open Internet Order, which […]
North Carolina has the only Rate Bureau system in the country that regulates auto insurance rates. The outmoded regulatory regime imposes a hidden fee on good auto drivers to subsidy the rates of more risky auto drivers. The issue has come up recently on several local TV stations, and most recently on ABC-affiliate WSOC in […]
Published in Real Clear Policy and written by ACI’s digital tech blogger, Zack Christenson, this article explains the major public policy pitfalls of the FCC regulating the Internet as a public utility. The piece is available at Real Clear Policy.