Last April, the Federal Communications Commission requested, in a Charge Letter, that its Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC), Chaired by ACI’s Steve Pociask, examine the problem of illegal and unwanted text messages (pertaining to CGB Docket 02-278) and submit its findings in a Report to the Commission by August 31, 2022. After months of work, the […]
Before the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Washington, DC 20554 Applications of TEGNA Inc., for Transfer of Control to Standard General, L.P. MB Docket 22-162 Comments of the American Consumer Institute The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) is a nonprofit (501c3) educational and research institute with the mission to identify, analyze and project the […]
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced last month that Verizon and AT&T have agreed to delay some C-Band 5G usage until July 2023, as air carriers work to ensure they will not face interference. Licensed spectrum forms the core of mobile networks, whose applications in fields like national security, education, health care and business offer technological […]
In recent months, efforts to reauthorize the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) auction authority have generated a number of media headlines due to the tremendous role these auctions play in the commercial licensing of spectrum. However, a still significant, and no less important issue that has flown under the radar is the debate over whether the […]
Earlier this month, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology marked up H.R. 7783, the Extending America’s Auction Leadership Act. The bill would grant the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the ability to conduct spectrum auctions for an additional 18 months. The agency’s auction authority expires on September 30th and must […]
ACI filed comments with FCC regarding requirements encompassed in section 60506 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, with the intent of informing a forthcoming Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on preventing and eliminating digital discrimination. ACI comments are available here.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC), which is tasked with hosting annual auctions for commercial wireless providers, may soon lose the ability to license radio frequency bands if its spectrum authority expires on September 30th. The FCC’s current authority only lasts for 10 years and must be renewed by Congress. Should Congress fail to act in […]
Today, the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee filed its recommendation to the FCC in regard to Docket CGB 22-2 — Consumer Broadband Labels. The recommendation is available here.
Today, a broad coalition of organizations expressed strong opposition to the nomination of Gigi Sohn for the post of Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. The coalition letter — sent the leadership at the Senate Committee on Commerce, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation — expressed concerns over potential conflicts of interest, lack of […]
While the FAA was right to consider the impact of 5G on aircraft safety, the reality of the service’s rollout in Japan and Korea shows the risk it presents to airliners and passengers is non-existent, and commercial and aviation operations on the C-band spectrum can co-exist. Moreover, if 5G did pose a threat to aviation, […]