Today, The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) launched the Academic Integrity Project, which will bring attention to systemic cheating on college campuses and urge policymakers and educators to put a stop to it. ACI is a nonprofit institute based in Washington, D.C., founded with the purpose to promote consumer welfare by improving […]
The Senate recently passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a bipartisan $1 trillion investment in the country’s physical infrastructure, which allocates $65 billion in broadband spending and is awaiting action by the House. In this episode, Kris Pusok sits down with former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, to discuss what this […]
Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) send a letter to the Senate and House Leadership highlighting keys ways for Congress to lower drug prices for patients. Among ACI’s suggestions were the streamlining of regulations that impede market entry for generic and biosimilar drugs. In addition to increasing price competition, the letter recommends requiring Pharmacy Benefit […]
Today, a coalition of tax and consumer groups wrote a letter to Congress in opposition to the $3.5 trillion proposal, calling it — not a “path for progress for Americans,” but rather a mixed bag of higher taxes andincreased wasteful spending for which taxpayers will ultimately be responsible. The coalition letter is available here online.
Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a new study examining the dangers of government-owned broadband networks at a time when some states and municipalities are flush with stimulus dollars. Despite significant advancements in internet subscribership and record levels of private investment that have led to lower prices and increased speeds for consumers, some persist […]
Many lawmakers seem eager to rein in the power of big tech and there seems to be a wide-spread agreement across the political aisle that something needs to be done. Among the proposed remedies is to restrict mergers and acquisitions. In this episode, Jeff Farrah, General Counsel at the National Venture Capital Association, is sharing […]
Background: Since its creation in 2004, Facebook has become the premier social media networking site with an estimated 200 million users in the United States. As it has grown, antitrust enforcers at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division have turned their attention to reigning in the company’s potential influence. In […]
Today, ACI filed comments with the Federal Reserve regarding its proposed changes to debit card interchange fees and routing options. ACI raised numerous concerns about the Federal Reserve proposal, including how the proposed changes would increase fraudulent debit transactions and reduce consumer benefits. The filed comments are available online.
The New York City Council proposed a bill that would require food delivery services to give customer information to restaurants with no restriction on its use, retention, or resale. ACI’s Director Kris Pusok sent a letter to the NYC Council today explaining why protecting consumer information should be paramount, and that the proposal would simply be […]
Regarding developments in the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations on broadband, ACI joined with a number of other groups calling on Congress to avoid provisions that would enact price controls, dramatically expand agency authority, and favor government-controlled internet networks. The letter also asked Congress to continue its oversight responsibilities and not abdicate them to the executive branch […]