Category: The Hill

  • The FTC should throw out its ‘junk fees’ rule and start over 

    The FTC should throw out its ‘junk fees’ rule and start over 

    Everything feels more expensive right now, and that’s because it is. Despite a notable decline from its peak of 9.1 percent in June 2022, inflation remains higher than the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target.  Since January 2021, prices have surged by an astonishing 17.6 percent. Grocery prices today are 21 percent higher than in January 2021, and while gas prices…

  • ‘Green bubble’ texts on iMessage are not the FCC’s problem to solve  

    ‘Green bubble’ texts on iMessage are not the FCC’s problem to solve  

    When iPhone users see a green bubble pop up in their text messages, it has a way of dulling the experience. Emoji reactions, Facetime video calls, or even high-quality images over WiFi are immediately broken once a green-bubbled Android user slides into a group thread.  This is the reality of Apple’s iMessage protocol, the default…

  • John Oliver’s backward solutions for freight rail fail the American people 

    John Oliver’s backward solutions for freight rail fail the American people 

    Dressed up as comedy, John Oliver dedicated an entire segment of his “Last Week Tonight” HBO program to focus on the ills of America’s freight rail industry.  A self-professed train aficionado, Oliver had choice words for our commercial railroads on the matter of dangerous cargo loads, labor concerns, and an overall lackluster attention to safety….