A recent study of Internet traffic conducted by Cisco reveals encouraging signs of progress for the applications and technologies that benefit consumers. However, there are areas of regulatory shortcoming that need attention to prevent undermining these benefits. We have already seen smartphones become dominant over wired devices for Internet access. By 2021, wired devices connected […]
For much of the 20th century, crippling regulations prevented the American freight rail industry from operating at anything more than substantial losses. By 1980, the entire industry was on the brink of bankruptcy, and consumers were forced to absorb higher prices. But since then, regulatory reform has paved the way for a booming rail industry, […]
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, […]
Today, ACI joined a broad coalition of nonprofit groups in opposition to a Congressional proposal to give the FDA authority to regulate over-the-counter personal sound application devices sold in many stores, including Best Buy, Walmart and others. These regulations would do little to benefit consumers, but would certainly lead to significantly higher consumer prices. Download the Letter.
Statement by Steve Pociask, president of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research: “The American Consumer Institute applauds the FCC and its announcement yesterday to initiate a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to review and potentially reverse the onerous Internet regulations put in place in 2015. The Internet, as we know it, flourished under a light-touch regulatory model. Despite […]
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 […]
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 Last week, the US Congress repealed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules governing internet service provider (ISP) use of consumers’ browsing […]
Internet regulations are tightening into a chokehold for Internet service providers and edge providers. To the delight of some, governments east of the Atlantic are regulating what content is permissible to store or display. Regulations on the use of consumer information and on grades of access service have been tightened to the extent that they […]
A welcomed theme in the recent election cycle was promise of a thoroughgoing review of unneeded regulations. Regulations that never were subjected to consumer cost-benefit analysis, or that pick winners and losers, or that are in a constant state of flux are prime candidates for repeal. Within the financial community many regulations have arrived as […]
This coalition letter is in opposition to the FCC’s midnight broadband privacy rule, which was adopted just days before last year’s election. The letter, sent to the Senate Commerce committee, urges Congress to use the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) to disapprove this innovation-inhibiting regulation.