Coalition Letter Calls for Liability Protections to be Included in the Next COVID Relief Bill

A coalition of 20 Groups sent a letter to House and Senate leadership asking that that the next COVID-19 relief bill include liability protections for businesses, schools, and nonprofits in compliance with public health guidelines. The letter, which was also signed by ACI, strongly supports Congressional efforts to ensure that liability protections for innovative companiesare […]

FCC Must Keep C-Band Auctions on Schedule

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided it would auction off a portion of spectrum to wireless internet providers. It is imperative that the FCC does not push back the planned December date so that 5G can be implemented as quickly as possible. In February 2020, the FCC announced they would auction licenses […]

Postponing Federal Digital Privacy Legislation Will Backfire

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, Americans are turning to technology more than ever. However, federal legislation addressing digital privacy protections has stalled in Congress. Comprehensive legislation needs to be passed to ensure consumers right to digital privacy. Many functions of everyday life that have been carried out in person have recently moved online. […]

FCC Must Keep C-Band Auctions on Schedule

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided it would auction off a portion of spectrum to wireless internet providers. It is imperative that the FCC does not push back the planned December date so that 5G can be implemented as quickly as possible. In February 2020, the FCC announced they would auction licenses […]

Political Spam Is a Growing Problem in Text Messaging

Text messaging has become one of the most widely-used and trusted communication platforms in the U.S. with more than 4 in 5 Americans texting regularly and 5.5 billion messages being exchanged every day. But a novel threat presents new challenges: political spam. In part, text messaging’s popularity is explained by the fact that users on […]

The Hill: America Could Super-Charge 5G Roll-Out: Here’s How

© istock If the COVID crisis has shown us anything, it is the importance of fast, reliable internet services to provide distance learning, e-commerce, teleconferencing, telehealth and other services. To that end, 5G is set to revolutionize communications technology for consumers and businesses. Read this op-ed in the Hill’s Congress Blog to understand How. https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/507911-america-could-super-charge-5g-roll-out-heres-how

Internet Privacy Has Become Even More Valuable During COVID Lockdown

With much of the country still under some form of lockdown due to COVID-19, communities are increasingly reliant upon the internet to stay connected. The coronavirus’ ability to relegate professional, political, and personal communications to the web underscores just how important end-to-end encryption has already become for internet privacy. During this unprecedented crisis, just like […]

Coalition Sends a Letter to Congress in Opposition to the SCRIPT Act

Today, ACI joined fifteen other organizations in opposing the Stopping Censorship, Restoring Integrity, and Protecting Talkies Act, the SCRIPT Act (S. 3835). While the bill attempts to address Chinese censorship of U.S. films, it would have a number of unintended consequences that would harm U.S. artists and film producers. The letter is available online.

Video: “Repacking the Airwaves” Event

Do you watch over-the-air television? If so, you might have seen a message over the past three years urging you to rescan your television. That’s because, for the past 39 months, the country has been moving through the “broadcast repack,” where some TV stations, following the FCC’s broadcast television incentive auction, switched their frequencies to […]

The Economic Standard: Consumers Pay When Patent Trolls Monetize ITC Loopholes

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has become an increasingly popular venue for patent complaints, allowing patent trolls to exploit the loopholes in ITC practice for financial gains. Unless the ITC’s statute or practice adjusts to better reflect the realities of modern products and innovation in a global economy, consumers could face drastically fewer choices […]