Morning Consult: Effort to Regulate Airline Fees Would Hurt American Flyers

Some politicians, it seems, have trouble learning the lessons of history. An effort is underway in the U.S. Senate to create strict government price controls on airlines, a return to the era when federal bureaucrats set airfares, selected domestic routes and regulated flight schedules, which resulted in artificially higher prices, stifled competition, and a massive […]

Daily Caller: Remember History And Keep The Rail Regulations DOWN!

The National Transportation Industrial League (NITL) just concluded its conference in Dallas to discuss U.S. transportation policies. Among the group’s highest priorities will be their efforts to “reform” economic regulation for our nation’s privately-owned freight railroads. Supporters of the organization and the Washington regulators they petition, however, should remember past precedent and consider that the […]

Daily Caller: The Return of Transporation Regulations Means Higher Costs for Consumers

This op-ed, published in the Daily Caller and written by Alan Daley, talks about the resurgence of railroad regulations.  Before the 1970s, rail was heavily regulated and going out of business.  The deregulation that followed led to huge productivity gains and precipitous drops in prices, benefiting shippers and consumers.  It looks like regulation is creeping […]

Lower Rail Regulations Lowered Consumer Prices; So Don’t Undo These Benefits

Maryland residents have benefitted dramatically from smart, balanced freight rail regulations. This has made goods cheaper, created jobs and helped major economic hubs like the Port of Baltimore thrive. As activity increases at Maryland’s ports, it is vital for the state’s economy and consumers that the right rules are in place that will help freight […]

ACI in Morning Consult: Smart Regulations Protect Consumers

Decades of overregulation nearly bankrupted the nation’s freight railroads during the 1970s by adding layers of costly red tape that raised prices for railroads and, ultimately, all American consumers. Significant regulatory reforms helped the industry bounce back, and consumer prices fell dramatically, as research has clearly shown. Regulators must remember this lesson as they consider […]

ConsumerGram: Reregulating Railroads is the Wrong Track for Consumers

Today, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research announces the release of its newest ConsumerGram, outlining the importance of freight rail and how reregulating the industry would be detrimental to American consumers. Prior to 1980, the financial viability of the rail industry was threatened by overly-burdensome regulations that drove-up operating costs and increased the […]

ACI Letter to Senator Thune on STELA Reauthorization: Let’s First Have Comprehensive Reform

On June 7, 2014, The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research submitted a letter to Senator Thune regarding the upcoming STELA reauthorization.  The text of the bill is as follows: ________________________________________________________   July 7, 2014 The Honorable John Thune United States Senate SD-511 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Thune: As you consider STELA reauthorization, the American […]

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina!

“Facts by fiat power” isn’t a new concept, but I’d like to think its popularity has waned in the digital age.  But maybe not. Some Argentine economists have concluded that the country’s inflation rate is not 10% as reported in government statistics, but over 20%.  But it is an election year, so Argentinian leadership has […]

Government Unproductivity: Doing Less with More

In 1996, the Telecommunications Act made clear the roadmap for how government would interact with the Telecommunications market space moving forward: simply put, it wouldn’t.  The bundle of policies called for drastic deregulation and dialed the executive oversight of Telecommunications way back.  Somehow the FCC never got the message.   A look at the FCC’s Gross […]

Corporate Subsidies Are Not in Tennesseans’ Best Interest: The Case of Telephone Access Charges

In the realm of public policy, the most egregious form of tax comes from the imposition of hidden fees.  For telecommunications services, the prime example of this are what are referred to as access charges.  Access charges were once designed for telephone companies to recoup network costs by placing extra fees on long distance calls.  […]