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 […]

The Hill: Senate Antitrust Bill Has Serious Ramifications for Consumers and Small Businesses

Lawmakers in Washington are about to take a major step toward modifying America’s antitrust laws and departing from the consumer welfare standard that has guided antitrust thought since the 1970s. While the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) still has legislative barriers to clear, its mark-up today is an essential step toward it arriving on President Biden‘s […]

The Economic Standard: GOP and Democrat Antitrust Focus Unwittingly Helps China

There is a widespread belief that social media platforms like Google, Amazon, and Meta Platforms are too big. Unfortunately, this misguided belief is not only publicly popular but also becoming mainstream among officials in the Biden Administration, Congress, and federal regulators at the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. This erroneous and flawed […]

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 Statement on the Markup of American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S. 2992) — “Have a hearing!”

Scheduling the bill for a markup without a committee hearing that could place concerns under scrutiny is extremely concerning given the numerous ramifications the bill could project.  Without evidence to support their claims, supporters of the bill might suggest that it would not negatively affect the services and products consumers currently enjoy, but unfortunately, the […]

The Economic Standard: British Antitrust Reforms are Bad Example for U.S.

With antitrust reform front and center of American politics, it’s easy to ignore the global effort to rein in big tech companies. However, much like the United States, the United Kingdom has taken steps to reform its antitrust laws and enforcement agencies in a manner that codifies ‘big is bad’ and ignores the myriad of […]

Cyberattacks Highlight the Need for More Robust Data Protection for Governments

On December 13, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam announced Virginia’s Division of Legislative Automated Systems, the state’s “information technology agency,” had been the victim of a ransomware attack. This attack led “to the shutdown of most of the websites for Virginia’s legislative agencies and commissions, including the Division of Legislative Services and the Division of Capitol […]

Does Infrastructure Bill Threaten U.S. Crypto Leadership?

On November 15th, 2021, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill into law. Unfortunately, this bill contains poorly thought-through provisions that overregulate cryptocurrency and will ultimately stunt the growth of a burgeoning alternative currency. Between vague descriptions and confusing frameworks, the bill will only punish Americans for mining cryptocurrency and discourage American firms from innovating […]

The Economic Standard: Antitrust Proposals Could Leave Consumers Vulnerable

Throughout 2020 and 2021, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have proposed numerous new antitrust measures to alter how big tech companies operate. While these measures may be politically popular given the growing public hostility towards big tech companies, proponents of these new laws have failed to consider the substantial benefits and cybersecurity protections these companies offer to […]

What Should a Federal Data Standard Look Like?

As Congress wraps up for the 2021 legislative year, attention is beginning to turn to next year’s priorities. One issue that seems likely to dominate lawmakers’ time next session will be the issue of data privacy and cybersecurity and the possible creation of a federal data protection standard. The issue currently enjoys broad bipartisan support, […]