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 joins 65 nonprofit organizations in filing a comments with the FCC in connection with its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to restore Internet Freedom. Comments are available online.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
For many Americans, the key issue in the recent election was which path would lead to sustained growth and better incomes. That was what some candidates chose to focus on, but the issue remains central in the public’s mind. There are pragmatic approaches to fostering growth in Americans’ incomes – including repatriation of the $2 […]
The transition from a copper telephone network to an all IP fiber network has been noteworthy. Already 30% of consumers use voice-over-Internet (VoIP) services instead of traditional copper-based telephone services, and another 44% are wireless-only. Only 25% of consumers still use old copper telephone services and that’s because their carriers have yet to transition to […]
Today’s Forbes published a piece by ACI president Steve Pociask that discusses one of the myths being pushed by the FCC in justifying its order. This piece shows that consumer broadband taxes will increase and the piece can be read online at Forbes.
As everyone knows by now, the FCC enacted net neutrality last week by reclassifying it much like a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. But after years of buildup, 4 million comments submitted to the FCC (thanks John Oliver), hundreds of articles and even a Vox explainer(!), it seems that […]