FORBES: Facts are Stubborn Things – Understanding the Hysteria Surrounding Net Neutrality

Net neutrality. We’ve probably all seen social media posts, emails, and/or texts on this issue. Not that it isn’t important; it most certainly is. But the core component of this issue—the best policy path forward to ensure an open Internet that is positioned for unfettered growth—continues to be muddled by hysteria. To read this entire […]

Forget the Trendy Rants, Net Neutrality Shortchanges Consumers

Americans now depend on the Internet as an essential tool in their workday, their social interactions, their purchasing of goods and services, and their entertainment. And as the Internet evolves, so too does our ability to utilize faster connection speeds to access better quality applications and websites. Where do these faster connections and tools come […]

ACI Praises Forthcoming FCC Plan to Restore Internet Freedom

The following statement is in regard to the FCC’s draft order repealing Obama-era Title II regulations:  “This new proposal put forth by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai ahead of its December vote brings us one step closer to returning the Internet to a light-touch regulatory framework. Rolling back onerous Title II restraints on Internet providers will […]

Forbes: FCC Takes Positive Action to Encourage Broadband Policy

Under Chairman Ajit Pai’s leadership, the FCC’s constructive influence may rescind the regulatory imprisonment that has placed Internet services into Title II purgatory.  Specifically, the FCC is taking steps to enact reasonable time limits on state and local permitting processes, unreasonable fees and delays, and eliminate arbitrary requirements and moratoria on investment.  Yesterday’s, November Open […]

Restoring Internet Freedom: ACI’s Reply Comments to the FCC

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 interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking proceedings in information technology, health care, insurance, energy and other matters. Recognizing that consumers’ interests can be variously defined and measured, […]

ACI Files FCC Comments on Restoring Internet Freedom

In this proceeding, the Federal Communications Commission considers preserving a free and open Internet by reducing government regulatory controls, while restoring market-based policies to encourage investment, deployment and access, as well as to improve aggregate consumer welfare. The Commission has indicated its intent to focus on facts and reasoned analyses to determine whether retaining, eliminating […]

What Mozilla’s “Net Neutrality” Poll Really Tells Us

In a recently-conducted public opinion poll, internet giant Mozilla found that there is wide, bipartisan support for net neutrality and open internet principles. Yep, Net neutrality is a popular concept, even cable association NCTA released a survey saying this much. This isn’t new, nor does it really have anything to do with the core issue […]

ACI Statement on FCC Announcement

Statement by Steve Pociask, president of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research: “The American Consumer Institute applauds the FCC and its announcement yesterday to initiate a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to review and potentially reverse the onerous Internet regulations put in place in 2015.  The Internet, as we know it, flourished under a light-touch regulatory model.  Despite […]

ACI in the Daily Caller: Time to End Net Neutrality Regulations

The change in Administration brings fresh thinking to what had become an epicenter of 1934 regulatory thought – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Under the prior Administration, the FCC was twice chastised by the courts for attempting to impose net neutrality on Internet Service Providers (ISPs). To avoid a third spanking by the courts, in […]