The End of the Internet? Net Neutrality Three Years On …

Three years on from the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), it is apparent that the apocalyptic claims have not materialized. RIFO has resulted in a considerable tangible benefit for consumers. Not only has broadband access increased for consumers, particularly for low income and rural consumers, so too has internet speed and capital investments in […]

Rethinking Old Broadband Subsidies

In the last decade, a multitude of ambitious programs to “bridge the digital divide” have been discussed and debated. Many of them have been implemented. Few of them have moved the needle, even as the coronavirus pandemic highlights the need to expand connectivity to unserved areas. In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expanded its […]

The Hill: Economic Benefits of 5G in a Post-COVID World

Now at a time when it has never been more important for America to be connected, we must take advantage of this opportunity to recognize the importance of 5G to consumers and the economy, and work to make it a reality. Actions by the FCC such as the upcoming C-band auction as well as the […]

With Additional Broadband Competition Consumers Could See Reduced Costs for Internet Services

The COVID-19 pandemic brought on a new kind of reality, the digital-everything kind of reality, where everything from schools to doctor visits, business meetings, and happy hours have shifted online. It has reminded us of the importance of broadband access and the need to enable the use of promising technologies such as TV white spaces […]

The Economic Standard: TVWS Technology Could Help Close the Digital Divide

The use of TV white spaces (TVWS) — the unused spectrum in between TV channels — has brought telehealth services to residents in Logan, OH, broadband access to a remotely located elementary school in Claudeville, VA, and a smart grid to Plumas County, CA. Meanwhile more than 25 percent of people living in rural United States lack […]

Real Clear Policy: Big Government is Back. What Does it Mean for Industry?

Experts can quibble about the pros and cons of such government largesse — after all, it is not the business community’s fault that the virus shuttered much of the U.S. and global economies. But what is not up for debate is that our nation will be forever altered. Many firms will not survive, and many […]

Real Clear Policy: Government-Owned Internet Can’t Be Counted on to Help the Underserved

On March 21st, the Maine Legislature announced the approval of $15 million in broadband Internet funding for rural and underserved areas. The intention is to expand broadband infrastructure, which will ultimately lead to economic development, and provide benefits like telemedicine to underserved communities. But the proposal is only a mere tactic that uses the current […]

Townhall: Coronavirus Internet Support Must Be Designed for Consumers and Not Lawmakers

Initiatives to keep America online need to take into account the ways in which diverse communities access the net. Policy needs to be cognizant of intermodal competition of broadband services. However, a proposed spending bill does not do this, which makes it a scheme for lawmakers and not low-income consumers. You can read this op-ed […]

ACI Files with the FCC on “Restoring Internet Freedom”

Today, ACI filed comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) docket seeking to refresh the record in its “Restoring Internet Freedom” order. In our comments, ACI commended the FCC’s efforts to support light-touch regulations, which preserves an open Internet and promotes consumer choice and benefits for consumers. You can read the entire filing online.

American Consumer Institute Statement on H.R. 1644, “Save the Internet Act”

The following statement can be attributed to Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, regarding today’s the House of Representative’s vote to increase regulations on internet services: “The passing of the “Save the Internet Act” in the House of Representatives today is not the innovative policy change the internet needs but rather a step […]