Coalition Letter on Transparency and Fairness

Today, ACI joined a coalition of groups in support of an Executive Order — “Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement and Adjudication.” The Executive Order requires federal agencies to submit to the President and post on their websites (by April 6, 2020) reports demonstrating that their investigations, enforcement […]

ACI Files Comments Regarding Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Re: (RIN) 1235-AA34, Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) These comments are submitted on behalf of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, educational, and public policy research organization, with the mission to identify, analyze, and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking […]

New Video: Does Nationalizing 5G Make Sense?

The idea of the U.S. military running 5G may seem a little far-fetched, but the Department of Defense recently published a Request for Information exploring ways in which it can own and operate a 5G network. With concerns being raised from members of Congress and industry experts alike, it is important to take a closer […]

Audio: An Interview with a Former FTC Commissioner on Why We Need to Preserve the Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust Policy

There are concerns that leading technology companies are too powerful and have too much market share, thus making them inherently dangerous and harmful to consumers, have led to growing calls to break up big tech companies and to abandon the long-standing consumer welfare standard for antitrust policy. Today, Krisztina Pusok, Director of Policy and Research […]

ACI Files Comments to DoD RE Defense Spectrum Sharing RFI

Today, the American Consumer Institute submitted comments to Department of Defense (DoD), urging the DoD to reject any proposal for a nationalized 5G wireless network, as it would negatively impact consumers, taxpayers, innovation, and national security, as well as threaten U.S. leadership in the global digital economy.  The filed submission is available to the public.

Coalition Calls on the FCC to Deny MVDDS Petition

A request by the Multichannel Video and Data Distribution Service (MVDDS) industry has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow its current one-way service to be modified into a two-way service. However, this modification in service would likely create harmful interference that would disrupt operators in neighboring frequencies. For this reason, a coalition letter […]

Upcoming Webinar: Why We Need to Preserve the Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust Policy

Wednesday, October 21st — 12:00 to 12:30 (EST) Concerns that leading technology companies are too powerful and have too much market share, thus making them inherently dangerous and harmful to consumers, have led to growing calls to break up big tech companies and to abandon the long-standing consumer welfare standard for antitrust policy. Join the […]

Upcoming Webinar: Nationalizing 5G? Making Sense of This Proposal

Wed, Oct 21, 2020 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT The idea of nationalizing 5G seems to be resurfacing again, with DoD recently publishing a Request for Information exploring ways in which it can own and operate a 5G network. With concerns being raised from members of Congress and industry experts alike, it is important […]

ICYMI: Postmaster General is Delivering Important Postal Fixes

ICYMI: President and CEO for the American Consumer Institute Steve Pociask published an op-ed in The Economic Standard stating that new insinuations and hyperbole about U.S. Postal Service’s operations ignore the larger issue that mail delays have been an ongoing problem for consumers who depend on the Postal Service as a facilitator of commerce. Pociask’s […]

Recognizing the Importance of the Staggers Rail Act to Consumers

The American Consumer Institute (ACI) president Steve Pociask today joined hundreds of other public policy experts in a letter to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Staggers Rail Act. The letter, addressed to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and Congress states: “[The] Staggers Act established a visionary approach to regulation that sparked […]