Consumer Advocates and Other Groups Strongly Oppose Postal Regulator’s Plan for Major Price System Overhaul and Rate Increases

This month, American Consumer Institute (ACI) along with many organizations and analysts have expressed concerns with the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) plan for drastic US Postal Service rates hikes for each of the next 5 years. As ACI contends, such proposals have been ushered to the public using faulty logic about the challenges facing the […]

Daily Caller: Remember History And Keep The Rail Regulations DOWN!

The National Transportation Industrial League (NITL) just concluded its conference in Dallas to discuss U.S. transportation policies. Among the group’s highest priorities will be their efforts to “reform” economic regulation for our nation’s privately-owned freight railroads. Supporters of the organization and the Washington regulators they petition, however, should remember past precedent and consider that the […]

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 […]

Daily Caller: The Return of Transporation Regulations Means Higher Costs for Consumers

This op-ed, published in the Daily Caller and written by Alan Daley, talks about the resurgence of railroad regulations.  Before the 1970s, rail was heavily regulated and going out of business.  The deregulation that followed led to huge productivity gains and precipitous drops in prices, benefiting shippers and consumers.  It looks like regulation is creeping […]

Lower Rail Regulations Lowered Consumer Prices; So Don’t Undo These Benefits

Maryland residents have benefitted dramatically from smart, balanced freight rail regulations. This has made goods cheaper, created jobs and helped major economic hubs like the Port of Baltimore thrive. As activity increases at Maryland’s ports, it is vital for the state’s economy and consumers that the right rules are in place that will help freight […]

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 in Morning Consult: Smart Regulations Protect Consumers

Decades of overregulation nearly bankrupted the nation’s freight railroads during the 1970s by adding layers of costly red tape that raised prices for railroads and, ultimately, all American consumers. Significant regulatory reforms helped the industry bounce back, and consumer prices fell dramatically, as research has clearly shown. Regulators must remember this lesson as they consider […]

ConsumerGram: Reregulating Railroads is the Wrong Track for Consumers

Today, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research announces the release of its newest ConsumerGram, outlining the importance of freight rail and how reregulating the industry would be detrimental to American consumers. Prior to 1980, the financial viability of the rail industry was threatened by overly-burdensome regulations that drove-up operating costs and increased the […]

ACI Files Comments: Is the Postal Service Meeting Congressional Objectives?

Comments of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research Regarding Docket No. RM2017-3 and Order No. 3673 Submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission, March 20, 2017   About ACI The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (“ACI”) is a nonprofit (501c3) educational and research institute with the mission to identify, analyze and protect […]

Should States Regulate IRAs?

Employees in companies that do not offer a 401k arrangement face a disadvantage in saving for retirement.  Tax exemption makes 401k retirement funds grow much quicker and the tax exemption is a strong incentive for employees to contribute regularly.  The employee benefits from participation and society benefits in future years because the 401k funded employee […]