American Consumer Institute Outlines Key Telecommunications Policy Priorities for 118th Congress
Arlington, VA — The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a premier voice for consumer advocacy, has formally addressed the U.S. Congressional Committee Chairs and Ranking Members with key telecommunications policies in the second session of the 118th Congress. ACI advocates for the interests of taxpayers and consumers and stands ready with a team of experts to assist in shaping the legislative agenda.
Key Telecommunications Policy Priorities for 2024:
- Secure the Future of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP):
- Urgent call for Congress to fully fund and extend the ACP to prevent millions of Americans, including veterans and low-income families, from losing access to broadband services.
- Emphasis on the program’s critical role in bridging the digital divide and supporting participation in the modern economy.
- Restore the FCC’s Spectrum Auction Authority:
- Immediate necessity for Congress to reauthorize the FCC’s authority to auction spectrum licenses, which is vital for the U.S. to remain competitive in wireless and broadcast services.
- Development of a long-term strategic spectrum pipeline to meet future demand and maintain U.S. leadership in technological innovation.
- Address Net Neutrality with Bipartisan Legislation:
- Recommendation to repeal the impending FCC’s reclassification of broadband services through a Congressional Review Act resolution.
- Advocacy for bipartisan efforts to establish a stable, pro-consumer regulatory framework for internet services, ending the cycle of regulatory uncertainty.
ACI underscores the importance of Congressional actions in 2024 that will shape the U.S.’s role as a leader in innovation and technology. The institute offers independent research and expertise to aid in enacting policies that will benefit consumers and advance the nation’s telecommunications capabilities.
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