American Consumer Institute ConsumerGram: Are Broadband Prices Too High?

American Consumer Institute ConsumerGram: Are Broadband Prices Too High? Recent findings by ACI suggest “affordability” depends on context  WASHINGTON – Today the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research released a ConsumerGram addressing the affordability of broadband Internet service.  They find that “affordability” for a given consumer depends not only on the price of the […]

Consumers Support Increased Interstate Insurance Competition

Washington, DC, March 16, 2010 – Consumers want more competition and believe that increased competition would result in lower consumer prices, according to ACI’s 2010 Consumer Pulse Survey.  The survey of 1,000 households found that 70.4% of consumers support enacting a law that would allow insurance companies to compete across state borders, while 16.9% of […]

Listen to ACI Experts Talk about Credit Card Fees and Their Impact as Consumers Deal With Holiday Spending

On December 3, 2009, ACI Experts Dr. Larry F. Darby and Dr. Joseph Fuhr, Jr. discuss the effects of hidden credit card fees on consumers and retail merchants.  Click here to here the entire audio. call-audio1

Reader’s Digest Interviews ACI about Potential “Back to School Savings.”

Reader’s Digest Interviews Steve Pociask of ACI on potential “back to school” savings.  In the September 2009 issue, on page 56, ACI provides information on what some are calling “the stink about ink” — the high cost of computer printer ink.  The article offers readers to visit www.consumercalculator.com to get ACI’s estimates of printing costs for various […]

Survey Finds Consumer Want Choice and Competition Between State-Based and Interstate Insurance Companies

Consumers Support Insurance Regulatory Modernization Survey Shows Consumers Want Choice and National Competition Representatives Melissa Bean (D-IL) and Ed Royce (R-CA) have introduced the bipartisan National Insurance Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 1880) that would permit competition between state and interstate-chartered insurance companies. This ConsumerGram provides new survey results and finds strong consumer support for interstate […]

Open Letter to Senator John F. Kerry — Price Tiers Benefit Consumers

April 17, 2009 Senator John F. Kerry 218 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Dear Chairman Kerry: You and your colleagues will very likely soon receive a petition from members of Free Press urging you to launch “an investigation of Time Warner Cable’s plans to impose an unfair penalty against Internet users.” The correspondence […]

Open Letter To Congressman Rick Boucher — Price Tiers Benefit Consumers

April 17, 2009     Congressman Rick Boucher  2187 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515     Dear Chairman Boucher:               You and your colleagues will very likely soon receive a petition from members of Free Press urging you to launch “an investigation of Time Warner Cable’s plans to impose an unfair penalty […]

Recent Presentations Made by ACI on Taxes, Solvency and Broadband Stimulus

Dr. Joseph P. Fuhr, “Why Biosimilars Will Have a Smaller Competitive Edge Than Generics,” presented at CBI’s Second Annual Summit on Biosimilars and Follow-on biologics, Baltimore, based on an article coauthored by Dr. Erwin A. Blackstone and published in the Journal of Health Care Finance, Winter 2008, pp. 84-95. Slides available. Steve Pociask, “Why Solvency Matters,” […]

ONLINE WORRIES REMAIN HIGH, ACI SURVEY SHOWS; Consumers Most Concerned about Identity theft, Viruses, Privacy and Spyware

Internet consumers continue to express high concerns about online threats such as viruses, spam, and identity theft, according to a survey by the American Consumer Institute (ACI), though the level of concern was somewhat lower than expressed in last year’s survey. Topping the list, 63% of consumers saying they were “very concerned” with identity theft, […]