Dishing out TV Advertising: The Dispute between Dish Network and Broadcasters

In early May, Dish Network launched a new service called Primetime Anytime, a service that would give consumers access to network television shows from the previous 8 days—minus the commercials.  The technology, dubbed “AutoHop,”allows a user to watch their favorite television shows without the hassle and annoyance of advertisements.  The broadcast networks quickly leapt into […]

Your Internet Privacy vs. Their Advertising Greed

Specifics are important.  Personally identifiable Information (PII) includes; name, address, telephone number, email address, financial account number, government-issued identifier (e.g. Social Security), and anything used to identify, contact or precisely locate a person.   Sensitive consumer information overlaps with PII and includes; Government-issued identifiers, Insurance plan numbers, Financial account numbers, precise real-time geographic location of an […]

Letter to Congress on Competition in the “Evolving Digital Marketplace”

  September 15, 2010 Congressman Hank Johnson 1133 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515   Dear Chairman Johnson: As the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy meets tomorrow on “Competition in the Evolving Digital Marketplace,” I would like to call to your attention to the growing threat to competition – Google’s high market share, high profits […]

Consumer Group Says Department of Justice Needs to Scrutinize Google/Yahoo Partnership

With Google’s Dominance in Online Search and Advertising, Deal Raises Serious Concerns for Consumers   Washington, DC, October 20, 2008 — As the Department of Justice moves closer to deciding whether to take action to block the partnership between Google and Yahoo, or impose conditions on the deal, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen […]