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 […]

ACI Report Warns Against Reforming the Tech Landscape

Washington D.C., February 4, 2022 — Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released the first report in a series that explores the policy implications of lawmakers embracing techlash and reforming America’s antitrust laws in a way that alters how big tech firms operate. The report, coauthored by Krisztina Pusok and Edward Longe, outlines the substantial […]

Coalition Raises Questions Regarding FCC Nominee

Today, a broad coalition of organizations expressed strong opposition to the nomination of Gigi Sohn for the post of Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. The coalition letter — sent the leadership at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation — expressed concerns over potential conflicts of interest, lack of […]

Taxes Impact 5G Services and Consumers

While much has been written about President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) agenda and its large investment in physical and social infrastructure, several tax provisions have received far less attention, but have the potential to have sweeping consequences. These provisions diverge sharply from the spirit of BBB, which is framed as an investment in our […]

ACI Letter to U.S. Senate: Proposed Antitrust Legislation Will Harm Consumers and Small Businesses

Dear Senators, As longtime advocates for policies that increase consumer choice, boost competition, and protect consumers, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a 501(c)(3) non-partisan research and educational institute, has analyzed and highlighted numerous times the negative effects the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S. 2992) would have on consumer and […]

ACI Files Comments with the FCC on the New Affordable Connectivity Program

Yesterday, American Consumer Institute submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission in a proceeding regarding proposed rules, procedures, and practices for the newly established Affordable Connectivity Program. In the filing, we recommend a smooth and efficient transition to the Affordable Connectivity Program, as the means to continue the Commission’s efforts to address the digital divide. […]

Inside Sources: GDPR Was Bad for Europe; U.S. Needs Its Own Path

While GDPR has provided essential data protections for Europeans, it has also imposed substantial compliance costs on American companies seeking to do business in the bloc and forced many companies to cease their European operations. The result has been increased prices for European and American consumers and reduced access to new products and services for […]

Congress Must Strengthen Cyberattack Reporting Requirements

Despite the increasing number in cyberattacks occurring in 2021, there is still no federal strategy to combat cybercrime and cyberattacks. These attacks occur faster and more frequently than ever before, threatening American consumers’ personal information and economic security. However, despite the growing problem, developing a federal strategy for combating cybercrime does not seem to be […]

Coalition Letter Opposing FCC Nomination

A coalition of think tanks and public policy experts sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging them to oppose the nomination of Gigi Sohn because of her radical partisan views. The letter says that the potential for Sohn to become chair of the FCC makes her nomination very concerning, because confirmation would jeopardize investment […]

FAA Wants to Holdup Your 5G Spectrum for Itself

The future of America’s 5G wireless services may be threatened by unwarranted concerns coming from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A few weeks ago, the FAA issued a Guidance Bulletin that called on manufacturers to evaluate the host of altimeters in use and report back on possible interference from 5G wireless services, and issued a […]