Congress Should Reject Proposal to Re-Impose Airline Regulations

A coalition of taxpayer and consumer groups is urging the U.S. Senate to reject a proposal to reimpose federal price control regulations on air travel that have long been proven to hurt consumers and drive up costs for taxpayers. The so-called “FAIR Fees Act,” which is currently part of the Senate’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]

Inside Sources: Consumers Stand to Lose From Airport Tax Hike

Airports are using misleading claims and fuzzy math to lobby Congress for an increase in the passenger facility charge (PFC), a hidden tax on virtually every air traveler in the United States, whether you travel to New York, Los Angeles or Orlando. U.S. airports are already on track to collect billions in PFCs, and when […]

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 […]

Inside Sources: Rural Americans Need Broadband and Here’s How Government Can Help

24 million Americans — many of whom live in rural areas — don’t have access to high-speed, broadband internet in their homes. But a new study says that next generation wireless broadband, 5G, may be within reach for many rural Americans, if only state and local governments reduce fees that discourage private-sector investment. To read […]

Regulators’ Role in Accelerating the Pace of 5G Deployment

Equipment makers, network carriers, and regulators have been working on policy initiatives that could accelerate the deployment of next generation wireless and wireline broadband networks and applications. These innovative new networks are expected to deliver a leap in speed to consumer and business applications. The upgrade in speed from 5G wireless networks is expected to […]

The End of Free Bank Checking?

The following is a link to an interesting Wall Street Journal Article.  The article discusses how regulations have increased bank costs and, logically, banks are now considering passing these costs along to consumers in the form of higher prices, such as bank fees and the end of free checking accounts.  This demonstrates that consumers are […]

Are Commissioners Overcharging the Public?

This investigative report finds that the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) may be overcharging insurance companies who pass these costs along to consumers in the form of higher prices.  State laws require companies to electronically file financial and rate information with the NAIC, who set filing fees without state approval or review.  Effectively, states have given away their […]

Phone Scam Raids Consumer’s Wallets

Our last ConsumerGram analyzed the hidden telephone fees that consumers pay as a result of an outdated system of regulated payments between telephone companies. We concluded then that these payments represent subsidies that hurt consumers, are inefficient, and are not sustainable in the face of increasing competition. Moreover, the subsidy scheme works to discourage investment […]