Coalition Letter in Opposition Expansion of the Durbin Amendment

Today, a coalition of nonprofit policy organizations sent a letter to Congress in opposition to any legislation that would expand or mimic the provisions of the Durbin amendment as enacted in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203). Expanding the Durbin amendment’s interchange fee cap and routing restrictions to credit cards […]

ConsumerGram: Will Ex Ante Antitrust Remedies Be the End of Permissionless Innovation?

Lawmakers and regulators are calling for blanket changes to longstanding antitrust regulations to counteract what some perceive to be market dominance by a handful of large technology firms. Some lawmakers are calling for the breakup of these firms and significant business restrictions, even if these actions invariably lead to a decrease in consumer welfare. While […]

Testimony Before the Department of Education: Negotiated Rulemaking Governing the 90/10 Rule

On behalf of the institute I want to express my concern with the proposed changes to the 90/10 rule governing the share of revenue that career colleges can receive from the federal government. At the Institute we analyzed the role of proprietary institutions in higher education back in October. Our research shows that proprietary and […]

American Consumer Institute Finds Current Efforts to Target Large Tech Firms May Harm Consumers

Today, the American Consumer Institute released a ConsumerGram that discusses the recent push to revise and create stricter antitrust laws that target dominant technology companies. The ConsumerGram outlines the economic thinking on competition and market concentration, and it discusses the widespread beliefs among mainstream economists that market concentration and structure are not necessarily sufficient to […]

ACI Comments on DOE’s Proposed Changes Regarding 90/10 Rule and Career College Impacts

The Following are Comments to the Department of Education (DOE) by the American Consumer Institute in Regard to the Negotiated Rulemaking and Regarding Proposed Changes to the 90/10 Rule and Career College Impacts: Today, we express our concern with the proposed sweeping changes to the 90/10 rule governing the share of revenue that career colleges […]

Coalition Letter Urges Congressional Oversight on NTIA Broadband Rulemaking

The American Consumer Institute joined a dozen other policy think tanks calling on Congress to direct the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to develop the most practical, economically sound rules for broadband deployment subject to the broadband funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The letter states that “technology neutrality” should be the […]

Coalition Sends a Letter to the STB in Opposition to Mandated Switching Regulations

Today, forty nonprofit policy organizations submitted a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in regard to a docket that considers forcing rail operators to open their privately-owned networks to competitors at artificially set prices, commonly referred to as reciprocal switching. The evidence on record shows that these proposed regulations would be harmful to rail […]

Career Opportunity: Communications Associate – American Consumer Institute

About ACI The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and research institute with a mission to promote economic welfare by improving the understanding and impact that public policies and regulations have on consumers in a free market. The Institute focuses on a broad range of economic policy issues […]

ACI Report Warns Against Reforming the Tech Landscape

Washington D.C., February 4, 2022 — Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released the first report in a series that explores the policy implications of lawmakers embracing techlash and reforming America’s antitrust laws in a way that alters how big tech firms operate. The report, coauthored by Krisztina Pusok and Edward Longe, outlines the substantial […]