The DOJ Antitrust Case Against Google: A Recap

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has finally released its long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google, alleging the company routinely engaged in “anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend” its monopoly status at the expense of consumer welfare and competition. The anti-trust suit follows the Trump administration’s desire to rein in big tech companies that it argues have […]

Upcoming Webinar: Nationalizing 5G? Making Sense of This Proposal

Wed, Oct 21, 2020 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT The idea of nationalizing 5G seems to be resurfacing again, with DoD recently publishing a Request for Information exploring ways in which it can own and operate a 5G network. With concerns being raised from members of Congress and industry experts alike, it is important […]

ICYMI: Postmaster General is Delivering Important Postal Fixes

ICYMI: President and CEO for the American Consumer Institute Steve Pociask published an op-ed in The Economic Standard stating that new insinuations and hyperbole about U.S. Postal Service’s operations ignore the larger issue that mail delays have been an ongoing problem for consumers who depend on the Postal Service as a facilitator of commerce. Pociask’s […]

Recognizing the Importance of the Staggers Rail Act to Consumers

The American Consumer Institute (ACI) president Steve Pociask today joined hundreds of other public policy experts in a letter to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Staggers Rail Act. The letter, addressed to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and Congress states: “[The] Staggers Act established a visionary approach to regulation that sparked […]

Video: How Ending Price Regulation Benefitted Consumers

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Act, a law that ended the regulation of railroad prices. The Staggers Act demonstrated four decades ago that deregulation, when done correctly, can provide huge benefits to the nation and to consumers in particular. Specifically, price deregulation led to a 44% long term reduction in rail […]

The Hill: Rail Deregulation 40 Years Ago: Staggering Success for Consumers Today

This month commemorates an important economic milestone for the nation — the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Act, which led to a 44 percent decrease in transportation costs and $10 billion in annual savings for consumers. If we have learned anything from this economic history, it is that the nation should never go back the dark days of excessive price […]

The Economic Standard: Claims about USPS Mail Delays Omit the Facts and Current Realities

With only a few weeks to go before the US Presidential Election, the subject of the U.S. Postal Service’s operational capacities, and specifically, the agency’s ability to handle election mail has drawn an inordinate number of commenters, pundits, and doomsayers into what has been a longstanding debate. Contrary to many insinuations, long-time leaders of USPS maintain that the organization […]

Inside Sources: Don’t Ban Smoke-Free Nicotine Products

When Philip Morris International (PMI) reacted to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a modified risk tobacco product marketing order for its proprietary IQOS heat-not-burn product, it heralded it as a broader public health victory. The FDA confirmed that IQOS eliminates a traditional cigarette’s burning characteristics by heating the tobacco sticks to a vapor aerosol. This product is said […]

ACI Files Comments Regarding NY State Attempt to Expand Antitrust Laws

In this filing by ACI, we conclude that the current antitrust laws and consumer welfare standard provides sufficient protection for the public, and that expansion of the laws, as legislatively proposed in the State of New York, are entirely unnecessary, could be misused, and, in the end, could make consumers worse off. You can read […]