Real Clear Policy: Hawley Takes the Lead in Washington’s War Against Big Tech’s Consumers

In an era of deep partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill, it seems cracking down on big tech by weaponizing America’s antitrust law is unifying both Democrats and Republicans in a way that has not been seen in a decade. In the modern political landscape, both parties seem more interested in punishing big tech for political […]

Inside Sources: Jobs Plan Depends on Too Many Faulty Assumptions

While the AJP has noble aspirations, the bill is being justified completely on faulty assumptions. If enacted, this legislation would render fewer consumer benefits than claimed, while crowding out private investment and leaving taxpayers on the hook to pay for it. Coming up with the right solution to address inadequate broadband access requires a basis […]

The Economic Standard: Congress Misses the Mark on the INFORM Act

On March 23, 2021, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators led by Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act. If the INFORM Act becomes law, it would “direct online retail marketplaces…to authenticate the identity of “high-volume third-party sellers” and “ensure that consumers […]

No, U.S. Does Not Have Least Affordable Broadband

The American Jobs Plan (AJP), unveiled by the Biden administration in March, is the most recent federal proposal written under the misleading notion that American consumers have the least affordable broadband among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member nations. The plan includes provisions to address the issue of inadequate internet access and calls […]

Infrastructure Plan Is Bad for Broadband

While on a visit to the rust belt city of Pittsburgh, President Joe Biden released his American Jobs Plan, claiming it would “create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China.” Aside from fixing highways, rebuilding bridges, and upgrading transit systems, Biden’s plan also calls for “affordable, reliable, […]

Town Hall: When Antitrust Protections Hurt Consumers

The current antitrust laws work fine, and they work for the benefit of consumers. However, if these laws are changed so they can be used to punish large tech businesses, then gone are the days of free apps, free search, free messaging, free delivery, and expanded consumer choice. Furthermore, by removing the consumer welfare standard, […]

POLICY-ISH TALK: The PRO Act Explained – with Liya Palagashvili

What is the PRO Act? How would it affect independent workers? What are the alternative policies and social safety nets that would make sense and benefit the growing independent workforce? On this episode, Liya Palagashvili, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, joins Kris to share her perspective on these important […]

Net Neutrality Law in California Will Negatively Impact Consumers

California consumers are losing access to free streaming services from some ISPs after a law the state enacted in 2018 to protect net neutrality was approved by a federal judge in February. The  California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018 (CICPNNA) prohibits providers from throttling or degrading connections to services on the […]

Mid-band Infrastructure Deployment Key to 5G Future

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering an auction to free up additional mid-band airwaves this October that would deliver 5G service to more Americans. This consideration comes a year after the FCC approved a 100-megahertz swath in the 3.45-3.55 GHz portion of spectrum to be used for commercial applications of 5G. The auction of […]

Press Release: ACI Launches New Podcast Series

The American Consumer Institute (ACI) is excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series Policy-ish Talk hosted by Kris Pusok, ACI’s policy and research director.  Each episode of the Policy-ish Talk will treat you to an in-depth conversation with policy experts, industry leaders, and top academics to explore today’s toughest social, economic, and […]