Does the FCC’s public utility-style regulation of wireline incumbent telephone companies (abbreviated here as ILECs) and their legacy copper-based voice services work to protect consumers or impede broadband competition? That is the question explored by a new American Consumer Institute study. Telephone service regulations came about in the 1930s to control the telephone industry’s monopoly […]
The FCC is currently accepting comments on a petition that seeks the application of 1930s-style common carrier regulations on text messaging services. Today, ACI called on the FCC to reject the petition. The following is an except of ACI’s filing with the FCC: Comments of the American Consumer Institute The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) is […]
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.
The following quote comes from Multichannel News and the entire piece can be read online: “Internet Service Providers currently pay taxes, as do many other businesses. Telecommunications services and public utility services also pay taxes, but generally higher rates. The Internet Tax Freedom Act does not change any of that,” said ACI President Steve Pociask. “As […]
This piece, written for the American Enterprise Institute’s Tech Policy Daily blog explains why regulating broadband service providers like public utilities will guarantee that consumers will pay substantially more for their broadband services. To read or print the piece, visit the AEI’s TechPolicyDaily.Com.
The American Consumer Institute sent an Ex Parte letter to the commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission explaining how the proposed reclassification of broadband services from an “information service” to a “telecommunications service” under Title II regulations would subject broadband services to a full array of new taxes, which means that consumers will be paying substantially more for their broadband services. A PDF of […]
Yesterday, The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) filed reply comments to the FCC’s Open Internet proceeding (GN 14-28 and GN 09-191). The reply was filed with four attachments (studies) that provide evidence of the harm that onerous regulations would have on Internet consumers. While the text is pasted below, ACI’s full filing […]
Proponents of regulating Internet services and service providers, called net neutrality, have seen their cause take a hit in recent months, but that’s not stopping them from finding other avenues to impose their favored regulations. In January, a DC Appeals court struck down the FCCs net neutrality rules, saying they weren’t permissible for companies that […]
Here is ACI’s latest piece in Forbes