ACI Joins a Coalition Opposing the DC Ban on Flavored Vaping

June 28, 2021The Council of the District of ColumbiaJohn A. Wilson Building1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, DC 20004 Dear Chairman Mendelson and Councilmembers: The undersigned civil rights, civil liberties, and free market organizations write to express our deep concerns regarding the Flavored Tobacco Product Prohibition Amendment Act of 2021 (B24-0020). Currently under consideration by the City […]

Innovation and Role of IP protections: A Panel Discussion at the Free Market Road Show

On June 14, ACI’s director, Dr. Krisztina Pusok, participated in a panel discussion during the 2021 Free Market Road Show conference hosted by the Austrian Economics Center and Sarajevo School of Science and Technology. During the panel, Dr. Pusok shared her high level policy perspective about the role of Intellectual Property (IP) protections and how government regulations shape […]

The Current State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Policy- with Chelsea Boyd

While Congress banned the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21, several states across the U.S. have implemented and considered various bans on flavored vaping products and e-cigarettes. What is the impact of these regulatory and legislative actions on the overall public health?  In this episode, R Street Institute’s research fellow, Chelsea Boyd, shares […]

Podcast: Short-and Long-Term Implications of Waiving IP Protections for COVID-19 Related Drugs and Technologies – with Andrei Iancu

India, South Africa, and other developing countries are leading the push for a waiver of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) under the rationale that it’s the only way to ensure equitable and affordable access to COVID vaccines.  In this podcast episode, Andrei Iancu, former undersecretary of Commerce for intellectual property (IP) […]

Letter to the Nevada Senate: Price Controls on Lower Cost Drugs is a Bad Idea

Dear Chairwoman Carlton: As a non-profit research organization representing consumers in Nevada and around the United States, we strongly oppose Nevada Senate Bill 380 (SB 380). As your Committee seeks much-needed remedies to the rising cost of health care, and specifically prescription drugs, we encourage you to resist efforts that directly or indirectly impose price […]

A “Future Proof” Approach to Broadband Infrastructure: An Analysis – A Podcast with Doug Brake

While there has been progress to close the digital divide, it is clear that more needs to be done. To address this, some members of Congress and the current administration are advocating for building “future proof” broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas so that we reach 100 percent high-speed broadband coverage, which could suggest […]

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 […]

ACI Sends a Letter to GOP on Broadband Availability and Affordability

Senate Republican Leader McConnell and House Republican Leader McCarthy: With millions of Americans needing the broadband door unlocked to access better education, improved healthcare, and higher-skilled jobs, we commend your efforts to continue to close the digital divide. We represent the American Consumer Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization. While we chair the FCC’s […]

ACI Files Comments to the US Customs and Border Protection: Uphold STOP Act Provisions

Re: Mandatory Advance Electronic Information for International Mail Shipments Interim Final Rule; Docket No. USCBP-2021-0009 CBP Dec. 21-04 To the attention of Secretary Mayorkas: The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) would like to take the opportunity to address the Mandatory Advance Electronic Information for International Mail Shipments interim final rule (IFR) issued […]

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 […]