Congress Must Act Quickly to Ensure the FCC’s Spectrum Authority is Reauthorized

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 […]

Coalition Raises Questions Regarding FCC Nominee

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 […]

ACI Files Comments with the FCC on the New Affordable Connectivity Program

Yesterday, American Consumer Institute submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission in a proceeding regarding proposed rules, procedures, and practices for the newly established Affordable Connectivity Program. In the filing, we recommend a smooth and efficient transition to the Affordable Connectivity Program, as the means to continue the Commission’s efforts to address the digital divide. […]

Coalition Letter Opposing FCC Nomination

A coalition of think tanks and public policy experts sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging them to oppose the nomination of Gigi Sohn because of her radical partisan views. The letter says that the potential for Sohn to become chair of the FCC makes her nomination very concerning, because confirmation would jeopardize investment […]

FAA Wants to Holdup Your 5G Spectrum for Itself

The future of America’s 5G wireless services may be threatened by unwarranted concerns coming from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A few weeks ago, the FAA issued a Guidance Bulletin that called on manufacturers to evaluate the host of altimeters in use and report back on possible interference from 5G wireless services, and issued a […]

The Current State of Telehealth from the FCC’s perspective – with Commissioner Brandon Carr

The COVID-19 pandemic really prompted a revolution for telehealth services. At the beginning of 2020, only 0.1% of all medical visits in the US each week were conducted via telemedicine. Fast forward to February this year, the overall telehealth use for office visits and outpatient care was 38 times higher than in 2020. Since the […]

Congratulations to Acting Chairwomen Jessica Rosenworcel on Her Appointment as Chairwomen to the Federal Communications Commission

The following Statement is from Steve Pociask, President and CEO of the American Consumer Institute: “The American Consumer Institute (ACI) would like to congratulate Acting Chairwomen Jessica Rosenworcel on her White House appointment as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman. Jessica Rosenworcel, who will become the Commission’s first female chair, has taken important steps to close […]