Incoming Railroad Regulators Have a Chance to Save Billions in Consumer Benefits

The U.S. Senate seems poised to confirm three new members to the five-person Surface Transportation Board (STB), the agency responsible for regulating our nation’s railroads, including companies like CSX and Norfolk Southern in Pennsylvania. These nominations have been stalled for months, diminishing the STB’s ability to fulfill its mission to help ensure the free flow […]

Occupational Licensing Isn’t About Public Safety, It’s About Soaking Consumers

Consumers pay more than $200 billion per year in higher prices caused by occupational licensing regulations. And what do they get in return? Not much. Occupational licensing laws make it illegal to enter an occupation without the state’s seal of approval. They are ostensibly meant to protect the public from low-quality and unsafe services by […]

Daily Caller: ITC Could Make Smartphones A Lot More Expensive

Qualcomm has asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation of some Apple smartphones that use the chips of its competitors. The issue stems from a patent dispute between Qualcomm, a maker of baseband processor chipsets used in many popular electronic devices, and Apple, a manufacturer of these devices. Now, a new report […]

ACI in The Hill: Internet Regs Will Harm Consumers

This month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will likely approve net neutrality rules which will, for the first time, impose significant federal regulatory authority on Internet services and over Internet Service Providers (ISPs). After nearly a decade of intense clamoring by advocacy groups, who have called for a “free” and “neutral” and “open” Internet, net […]

ACI Experts Write on Innovation in the Media Law & Policy Journal

Professor Joseph P. Fuhr Jr. and Dr. Larry F. Darby published an article in the Media Law & Policy Journal of the New York Law School — Innovation and National Broadband Policies: Facts, Fiction and Unanswered Questions in the Net Neutrality Debate.

Finding Effective Competition: A Look at the Wireless Telecommunications Market

The FCC will soon be releasing its annual report on wireless competition.  One key question, of course, is whether the market is competitive.  Proponents of regulation seem to believe that consumers are automatically endangered when there are only a few competitors.  But accepted economic literature and empirical research finds no evidence that market concentration, by […]

FCC Orders Internet Regulations: Temporarily Settles a Debate, But Raises Risks for Consumers

Statement by Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute   Today, the FCC voted 3 to 2 in favor of imposing new Internet regulation.  While the FCC order puts to rest, at least temporarily, the hotly debated topic of net neutrality, the imposition of Internet regulations are in sharp contrast to a recent court decision that found limits to the FCC’s authority, as well as […]

ACI Files Comments in FCC Open Internet Proceeding

In today’s filing, ACI wrote:  “The Commission has indicated its intent to focus on facts and reasoned analyses to determine whether imposing new Internet regulations would produce more benefits for society than costs.  We continue to find no factual or analytical support that identifies specific market failures that warrant ex ante regulations, and we have […]