The Current State of Telehealth from the FCC’s perspective – with Commissioner Brandon Carr

The COVID-19 pandemic really prompted a revolution for telehealth services. At the beginning of 2020, only 0.1% of all medical visits in the US each week were conducted via telemedicine. Fast forward to February this year, the overall telehealth use for office visits and outpatient care was 38 times higher than in 2020. Since the […]

Congratulations to Acting Chairwomen Jessica Rosenworcel on Her Appointment as Chairwomen to the Federal Communications Commission

The following Statement is from Steve Pociask, President and CEO of the American Consumer Institute: “The American Consumer Institute (ACI) would like to congratulate Acting Chairwomen Jessica Rosenworcel on her White House appointment as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman. Jessica Rosenworcel, who will become the Commission’s first female chair, has taken important steps to close […]

The Consequences of California’s Proposed Internet Regulations

In 2018, California passed The California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act (CICPNNA), the most draconian net neutrality bill in the country. After continuing lawsuits, Judge John Mendez of the U.S. District Court for Eastern California allowed it to be implemented. Unfortunately for consumers, the passage and judicial approval of the bill means they will […]

Government-Owned Networks Will Not Improve Outcomes for Consumer

In 2020, over $79.4 billion was invested by America’s communications providers to develop and expand broadband access. Last year’s investments brought the total private investment into broadband to $1.9 trillion since 1996, the year the Telecommunications Act was passed and allowed any company to enter the telecommunications market. Unlike municipally-run services, or government-owned networks (GONs), […]

Closing the Rural Broadband Gap: A Dive Into the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan – with Ajit Pai

The Senate recently passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a bipartisan $1 trillion investment in the country’s physical infrastructure, which allocates $65 billion in broadband spending and is awaiting action by the House. In this episode, Kris Pusok sits down with former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, to discuss what this […]

ACI Study Finds Government-Owned Broadband Networks Will Not Bridge the Digital Divide

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a new study examining the dangers of government-owned broadband networks at a time when some states and municipalities are flush with stimulus dollars. Despite significant advancements in internet subscribership and record levels of private investment that have led to lower prices and increased speeds for consumers, some persist […]

Municipal Networks Are Not the Future of Broadband

There are over 900 municipal broadband networks across the U.S.  The justification for these government-owned networks is to offer lower prices than private-sector competition and to offer widespread coverage across a given municipality. However, while municipal broadband might sound like a better alternative to privately provided broadband, these networks will not enhance consumer welfare and […]

Federal Investment in Broadband Won’t Improve Digital Equality

Last weekend, a bipartisan group of Senators had released the legislative text of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. While significant investment may be required to repair the nation’s roads, bridges, ports, and airports, the bill’s proposals for increased state investment in broadband will undermine an ecosystem that is already providing consumers with faster speeds, lower […]

Freeing up Bandwidth is a Step in the Right Direction

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently moved to free up part of the 5.9 GHz spectrum for “unlicensed mid-band spectrum operations.” The 5.850-5.925 GHz band, a part of the mid-band spectrum, was previously reserved for transportation, notably autonomous vehicles and aircraft communications. However, it will now be free for use by consumer-servicing telecommunications companies, such […]

Infrastructure Proposal: Coalition Letter to Congress on Broadband Spending

Regarding developments in the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations on broadband, ACI joined with a number of other groups calling on Congress to avoid provisions that would enact price controls, dramatically expand agency authority, and favor government-controlled internet networks. The letter also asked Congress to continue its oversight responsibilities and not abdicate them to the executive branch […]