House Committee Report Seeks to Weaponize Antitrust Laws Against U.S. Tech

Yesterday, the majority staff at the House Judiciary Committee released a report on its investigation of competition in the digital market, recommending major changes to our longstanding antitrust laws.   The following is a statement by Dr. Krisztina Pusok, Director of Policy and Research at the American Consumer Institute: “The newly released 449-page antitrust report […]

Coalition Letter: Government Should Not Build and Run our 5G Network

Today, a large coalition of industry experts and think tanks sent a letter to Senator John Thune asking him to continue his opposition to the Department of Defense’s attempt to own and build a national 5G network. The letter cites, among other things, that the private sector is already building this network, and that this […]

A Serious Casualty of Antitrust Legislation: Cybersecurity

When advocates of antitrust legislation discuss reigning in large technology companies such as Apple, Facebook, or Google, they often do not fully consider the implications more stringent antitrust legislation will have on cybersecurity and the protection of consumer data. Proposals to break up large technology companies would be profoundly damaging to consumer privacy and cybersecurity […]

Letter to Congress: House Hearing on FCC a Disappointment

Today’s hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives entitled “Trump FCC; Four Years of Lost Opportunities” overlooks all of the significant accomplishments of the five commissioners in the Federal Communications Commission, an independent government agency. We are deeply disappointed that the House has chosen to politicize these accomplishments. You can read the entire letter on […]

ACI Files Comments Regarding NY State Attempt to Expand Antitrust Laws

In this filing by ACI, we conclude that the current antitrust laws and consumer welfare standard provides sufficient protection for the public, and that expansion of the laws, as legislatively proposed in the State of New York, are entirely unnecessary, could be misused, and, in the end, could make consumers worse off. You can read […]

ACI Joins Coalition Letter Asking to Decline Requests to Hotline “Sami’s Law”

Sami’s Law requires ride-hailing companies to implement an enhanced digital system to verify passengers with their authorized ride-hailing vehicles and drivers. Unfortunately, the proposed bill threatens to upend some of the private-sector progress, especially if enacted quickly and without debate in the Senate. The Letter is available online.

ICYMI: Postmaster General is Delivering Important Postal Fixes

Last week, American Consumer Institute CEO and President Steve Pociask published an op-ed in Real Clear Policy, highlighting the new reforms that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has brought to the Postal Service. In less than four months, DeJoy has been able to implement meaningful reform, despite being delayed due to over-politicization and misinformation. Specifically, Pociask points […]

ACI Files Comments Regarding Proposed Rules for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

RE: Comments to RIN 2590-AA95 Dear Mr. Pollard: In these brief comments, the American Consumer Institute (“ACI”) seeks to respond to the FHFA 2020 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. ACI is a nonprofit (501c3) educational and research institute with the mission to identify, analyze and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking proceedings […]

Silver Lining in the Postal Service’s Dismal Q3 Financials

Last week, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released their Q3 financials, posting a staggering net loss of $2.2 billion. Unsurprisingly, the USPS continues to hemorrhage funds and is not yet independently sustainable without serious intervention. During the COVID-19 pandemic, system costs have grown, as product demand has shifted. To become economically viable, it is […]

Coalition Opposes Continuing Taxpayer Funded Energy Subsidies

Today, ACI joined twenty-three other nonprofit organizations in opposition to extending production tax credits and investment tax credits that are used to subsidize solar and wind energy. The intent of the subsidies was to give initial support these “infant” industries. Now, after years of support and an established foothold for these industries, solar and wind […]