Net Neutrality Law in California Will Negatively Impact Consumers

California consumers are losing access to free streaming services from some ISPs after a law the state enacted in 2018 to protect net neutrality was approved by a federal judge in February. The  California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018 (CICPNNA) prohibits providers from throttling or degrading connections to services on the […]

Internet Freedom Is What America Needs, Not Net Neutrality

In 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under former President Donald Trump repealed the Open Internet Order (OIO) instituted by the FCC under the Obama Administration. The OIO reclassified fixed and mobile broadband under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 which permitted the government to heavily regulate internet service providers (ISP) as “common […]

Bridging the Digital Divide: Net Neutrality and Rural Connectivity

In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) with the objective of “promoting broadband deployment in rural America” and “eliminating the digital divide” that exists between rural and urban America. The implementation of RIFO has produced concrete steps toward bridging the digital divide and ensuring rural Americans enjoy equal […]

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 […]

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.

Morning Consult: We Need to Stop Turning a Blind Eye on the Real Threat

We’ve been having essentially the same debate about who controls the internet for more than a decade now, and while we continue to have the same conversations, intervening events that threaten our security and democracy are becoming more rampant. A policy solution that deals with privacy and neutrality needs to be comprehensive and look at […]

ACI Applauds the Court Decision to Uphold Rules for an Open and Free Internet

The following statement can be attributed to Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, regarding today’s decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on the Mozilla v. FCC case: “Today, the D.C. Circuit Court upheld the FCC’s latest order to keep an open and free Internet, instead of reverting back to onerous 1930’s […]

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 […]

Light Touch Internet Regulations Worked

When will policymakers learn from the mistakes of the past? When broadband services began to explode since the mid-1990s, it did so with little regulation. In 2015, when the FCC imposed onerous net neutrality regulations, it was no surprise that industry investment fell. With the reversal of these regulations last year, however, broadband spending jumped, […]

Network Neutrality Circus in the Big Tent

The midterm election may have been exhumed the worst regulatory pox ever seen in the high-tech world – network neutrality. If you venture far left in the Congress, you’ll stumble into a network neutrality caucus gearing up to re-impose network neutrality. Network neutrality has a disturbing history. In 2005, it started as a few useful […]