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Steve Pociask
Steve Pociask
President, American Consumer Institute
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      Steve Pociask

      Steve Pociask is president of the American Consumer Institute, an educational and research nonprofit organization.

Remember History And Keep The Rail Regulations DOWN!

9:35 PM 01/31/2018

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 what has happened in the past and consider the future of onerous regulations, an impetuous one that could increase costs for consumers at the checkout counter.

BIG Decision Looms On Boeing’s Anti-Consumer Scheme

6:39 PM 01/23/2018

Last summer, many of us criticized Boeing for acting in ways antithetical to the interests of consumers with its flimsy trade complaint to the International Trade Commission (ITC) against Canada’s Bombardier. Boeing claimed that Delta’s selection of the new C Series passenger planes made by Bombardier was priced too cheaply and it represented unfair competition. The irony back then was thatBoeing, the “Mother of All Trade-Subsidy Receivers,” was complaining about unfair prices.

The International Trade Commission Could Make Popular Smartphones Even MORE Expensive. Here’s How

12:13 AM 11/16/2017

Qualcomm has asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation of some Apple smartphones that use the chips of its competitors. The issue stems from a patent dispute between Qualcomm, a maker of baseband processor chipsets used in many popular electronic devices, and Apple, a manufacturer of these devices. Now, a new report by the American Consumer Institute (ACI) finds that an importation ban would lead to shortages and drive up consumer prices -- costing consumers $9.9 billion.

Flood Insurance Reform Needed In Wake Of Historic Storms

11:45 AM 10/14/2015

The devastating flooding in South Carolina underscores the urgent need for policy reforms that can reduce the risks of floods and other disasters. While Congress must provide emergency relief to help the people of South Carolina today, lawmakers should also look at long-term changes that can combat the growing threats Americans face from natural disasters.

Time To Revisit Trucking Regulations: Bigger Trucks Are Good For Roads And The Environment

2:21 PM 01/21/2015

The importance of improving our road and bridges became a policy highlight of President Obama’s State of the Union address, when he said that “21st-century businesses need 21st-century infrastructure – modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet.” His solution was for more public funding. Yet, another solution that would help maintain our infrastructure at no new cost to American taxpayers has gone ignored for years.

Without Bank Participation, Executive Order On Credit Cards Falls Short For Consumers

10:45 AM 10/29/2014

President Obama recently signed an executive order that requires government-issued credit and debit cards to be equipped with new chip and PIN technology aimed at reducing fraud. Given the persistent rash of data breaches aimed at American consumers and businesses, the security measure was met with applause. But despite this progress, the vast majority of consumers will still be left vulnerable because the president’s actions fall short without the cooperation of large banks.

Flood insurance welfare for the rich

10:57 AM 02/25/2014

In 2012, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Reform Act, which was designed to take the financially troubled National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and set it on a path toward solvency by reducing flood insurance subsidies for homes located in flood-prone areas, including subsidies for vacation homes owned by beachfront millionaires. Now those flood reforms could be washed away, leaving taxpayers and other consumers to foot the bill – essentially perpetuating a subsidy for the rich.

Should the government be still insuring against terrorism?

4:46 PM 09/17/2013

The recent anniversary of the devastation of September 11th reminds us that the threat of terrorism in the U.S. is still very real. That fact calls attention to the importance of protection, vigilance and security in America. However, along with keeping our preparedness on high alert, Americans need to get back to doing things as they did before. For lawmakers, this means asking a very important question – should the U.S. government continue being in the business of providing terrorism insurance?

No favors needed at spectrum auction

4:06 PM 07/26/2013

“T-Mobile’s innovative moves are putting pressure on our competitors.” That is what the company said in its testimony before Congress. However, a closer look at the testimony suggests that T-Mobile wants that competitive pressure to come from regulatory favors, not by winning in the marketplace.

Will immigration reform replace or create jobs?

6:20 PM 07/15/2013

As the immigration bill is being debated in Congress, there is some resistance to increasing the number of H1-B visas for foreign skilled workers in fear that they are taking away precious jobs from US citizens at a time when the unemployment rate seems stuck on high. However, a closer look at the numbers suggests otherwise.

Why the spectrum crunch matters to you

3:36 PM 01/24/2012

Let’s face it. When it comes to mobile technologies, America’s innovators are leading the way in app development and wireless accessibility. It’s hard to remember a time when cell phones were the size of a briefcase and had no capabilities outside of making a phone call. But the realities we have grown so accustomed to are at risk, as are the very technologies that allow us to surf the Web, stream video and make dinner reservations from a device that fits in our pocket.