The Economic Standard: Policymakers Must Recognize Mergers Can Benefit Consumers

The principal battlefield in Washington’s war on big tech is mergers and acquisitions. Throughout 2021, lawmakers from both parties and antitrust enforcers at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have taken increasingly aggressive steps to block proposed mergers and acquisitions as well as retroactively attempt to break up previously approved ones. While an […]

Town Hall: DOJ Gets a New Anti-Consumer Trustbuster

The confirmation of Jonathan Kanter to lead the DOJ’s antitrust division completes a progressive takeover of antitrust enforcement. Kanter’s past views and activities in the realm of antitrust provide further evidence that Washington will continue its assault on big tech and enshrine big is bad into law. Unfortunately, moving away from the consumer welfare standard […]

Town Hall: New York Should Ditch “Big Is Bad”

While much of the political attention around antitrust reform has centered on the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, legislators at the state level are also proposing punitive reforms that continue to articulate an outdated presumption that “big is bad.” New York, the state home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, is currently considering antitrust legislation to enshrine “big is […]

Real Clear Policy: Want Prosperity? Loosen Restrictions on Foreign Workers

While undocumented immigrants pour across the U.S. Southern boarder, many very educated and talented foreign workers, some already employed in the U.S., are being turned away because of a low cap on H1B visas and restrictions on green cards. With a major shortage of STEM graduates in the and tens of thousands of unfilled tech […]

Coalition Letter Calls for the Withdraw of the Proposed ICTS Rule

This week, ACI joined a coalition letter, calling on the Commerce Department to withdraw or significantly amend the proposed rule Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply [ICTS] Chain.” The proposed rule would grant the Secretary of Commerce broad, significant, and undefined powers over small and large American businesses, and could have the […]

Big Tech Needs to Outline its China Strategy

Last Wednesday afternoon, the CEOs of America’s largest tech companies faced a round of questioning from lawmakers in Washington, DC. While the hearings form part of an ongoing antitrust investigation, they risk overlooking how international actors, like unscrupulous Chinese entities, take advantage of American corporations and threaten consumers’ interests. In addition to questions about the […]

Wearable Medical Devices and New High-Tech Devices Proliferate

The global wearable medical devices market is expected to grow at a compound rate of 18.0% during the period 2015 to 2023, increasing from $2.7 billion in 2014 to $10 billion by the end of 2033. While we do not want to spend more, many of the new wearable devices will deliver better care and […]

Technology Options for Rural Broadband

The term “broadband” has become imprecise and subject to redefinition for political convenience. That convenience was exercised by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015 when it chose 25 Mbps as a replacement for 4Mbps, the threshold speed for “broadband” at that time. That political gambit gave the FCC an excuse for denigrating private sector […]

Out with the Old, In with the New – A Gain for Consumers

Technologies used to support communications services are influx and that is a constructive sign for consumers.  Copper-based networks installed in the late 1800s and early 1900s are being replaced by coaxial, fiber and wireless networks.  The marketplace has coached consumers to expect useful applications at ultra-fast speeds, and to deliver on that expectation, communications services […]

Negative Impact of Regulations on Innovation

In mobile wireless and Internet markets, consumers deserve the final say on which constructive innovations, new product features and infrastructure should survive. In those markets, consumers notice the rapid pace of change and while they may not use every innovation that comes along, they welcome the steady stream of appealing changes and increased value from […]