VLEO Satellites for Consumer Internet Access

Very low earth orbit satellites (VLEO) will provide a fresh source of bandwidth to consumers in the next 6 to 10 years.  VLEO’s are intended to play a significant role in connecting consumers’ Internet of Things devices to the web.  They will provide an especially useful pathway to the internet for the approximately 3.5 billion […]

Can Hackers Commandeer Your Navigation App?

Criminals and operatives from rogue nations are using and developing ways to jam and trick Global Positioning System (GPS) devices – a network of US-operated satellites and ground command center. While much of the current activity involves thievery, the threat of a dreadful disaster or crisis – such as an airline accident or major disruption […]

ACI Letter to Senator Thune on STELA Reauthorization: Let’s First Have Comprehensive Reform

On June 7, 2014, The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research submitted a letter to Senator Thune regarding the upcoming STELA reauthorization.  The text of the bill is as follows: ________________________________________________________   July 7, 2014 The Honorable John Thune United States Senate SD-511 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Thune: As you consider STELA reauthorization, the American […]

Analog TV’s Will Soon Need a Converter for Over-the-Air Reception

On February 18, 2009, over-the-air television stations will be required to broadcast their television signals in digital format. This means that older analog TVs will no longer be able to receive signals over-the-air, unless they have a digital converter. Analog TVs that are connected to cable TV, satellite or other video programming services will still […]