Congress Must Act Quickly to Ensure the FCC’s Spectrum Authority is Reauthorized

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC), which is tasked with hosting annual auctions for commercial wireless providers, may soon lose the ability to license radio frequency bands if its spectrum authority expires on September 30th. The FCC’s current authority only lasts for 10 years and must be renewed by Congress. Should Congress fail to act in […]

Statement on the Need to Reauthorize the FCC’s Spectrum Authority

The American Consumer Institute is concerned to learn that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will soon lose its spectrum authorization authority if Congressional action is not taken before September 30th. We strongly urge Congress to reauthorize the FCC’s short-term auction authority so that future spectrum auctions for commercial stakeholders may continue to be held. Since […]

Workers Must See Through the Union Charade

It seems unionization is contagious, particularly in a city like New York, whose history is deeply intertwined with the American labor movement. Shortly after Amazon workers on Staten Island voted earlier this year to unionize by just 523 votes, workers at another facility on Staten Island rejected the opportunity to form a  second union. While the recently founded Amazon Labor […]

Real Clear Policy: Government Broadband is a Bad Deal for America

The history of municipal broadband networks shows they are simply not viable alternatives to private providers, with many collapsing after just a few years of operation. These networks lose money and drive away private sector investment in broadband services. If Congress and states truly want to close the digital divide, they need to pursue policies […]

Study Finds America’s Approach to Broadband Regulation Outperforms EU

Critics of America’s free market approach to telecommunications have long advocated for more robust government involvement in service operations and building out network infrastructure. They argue that there is currently a lack of adequate investment needed to close the digital divide and provide consumers with low-cost, high-quality options. Therefore, their reasoning goes, government intervention is […]

Broadband Infrastructure Money at Risk of Creating More GON’s

As part of the massive new infrastructure bill proposed in November, Congress has promised to allocate $65 billion to broadband expansion and improvement. The vast majority of this amount, $42.45 billion, is set to go towards a new program called Broadband Equity, Access and Development (BEAD), which lawmakers say will channel money to underserved areas […]

The Economic Standard: Consumers Find Savings in High-Speed Internet but GONs Threaten to Erase Progress

As the price of most consumer goods continues to rise nationally, one bright spot for the American consumer is the decreasing price of high-speed internet. However, government intervention threatens to undo that. A new study released in February by the independent research organization BroadbandNow, finds that the average cost of broadband service has declined significantly […]

Broadband Prices Continue to Fall

As Coronavirus spread across the United States and states began closing schools and businesses had their employees work remotely, the importance of broadband became clear. Faced with a dependence on broadband, there have been calls for increased government regulation of providers. The calls for further regulation of broadband providers range from a “nutrition label” that […]

Coalition Letter Urges Congressional Oversight on NTIA Broadband Rulemaking

The American Consumer Institute joined a dozen other policy think tanks calling on Congress to direct the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to develop the most practical, economically sound rules for broadband deployment subject to the broadband funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The letter states that “technology neutrality” should be the […]