The Economic Standard: Congress — Ensure Mid-Band is Part of 5G Future

While the Biden administration announced its plan to deliver high-speed internet access to every American in March, auctions for mid-band spectrum broke spending records, showing that mid-band needs to play a critical role in that effort. Spectrum refers to the invisible radio frequencies that wireless signals travel over. As the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association (CTIA) states, these frequencies allow consumers to “make […]

Florida Highlights the Need for a Federal Data Privacy Law

One of the central questions hanging over Florida’s last legislative session was whether lawmakers would pass a comprehensive data privacy bill that would grant consumers greater control over what data private companies hold on them and what they can do with it. The passage of a comprehensive data protection bill was widely seen as a […]

Congress: Don’t Sneak the INFORM Act into the Endless Frontier Act; Have a Hearing

As an organization representing a wide range of U.S. taxpayers and consumers, the American Consumer Institute has analyzed and highlighted numerous times the negative ramifications the INFORM Act would have on small online vendors, especially on women-owned businesses. We are extremely concerned of any possibility or proposal to add the INFORM Act to the Endless […]

The Economic Standard: Washington’s New General in Its Antitrust War

Shortly after entering office in January 2021, President Joe Biden announced the nomination of Lina Kahn to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Responding to the announcement, the FTC’s Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter stated, “her creative energy, groundbreaking antitrust work, and passion for the FTC’s mission make her an excellent nominee.” Should the U.S. Senate confirm her, Kahn will join […]

Real Clear Policy: Bill Would Target Women Selling Goods on Sites Like Etsy

When a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act at the end of March 2021, it was well received as an effort to address the growing problem of illicit goods sold online. In its current form, however, provisions in the INFORM Consumers […]

ACI Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership On Broadband Infrastructure Spending

Dear Senate Majority Leader Schumer, House Speaker Pelosi, Senate Republican Leader McConnell, and House Republican Leader McCarthy: While there has been progress to close the digital divide, it is clear that more needs to be done. ACI urges Congress to continue its efforts to promote broadband availability and adoption. Yet, we also urge Congress to […]

US Should Not Follow Europe’s Lead on AI

On April 26, 2021, the European Union released its proposals to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) among its 27 member states. In announcing the proposals, the European Commission claimed while AI can produce significant benefits for consumers, the technology “can also bring about new risks or negative consequences for individuals or the society.” While the European Union’s efforts […]

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 […]

Townhall: Europe Takes A Hammer to Big Tech –The U.S. Could Follow

While the Digital Markets Act is not yet European law, its likely passage could fundamentally alter how American tech firms such as Facebook, Apple, and Google operate on the continent. Unfortunately, the legislation represents clear evidence of Europe’s growing hostility to American tech and a desire to penalize external competition. The real concern is that […]

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 […]