AACG Telecom Expert Publishes Article on Trends in Broadband Competition and the FCC’s Open Internet Order

Dr. Timothy Tardiff’s article, “Economic Evaluation of the Factual Basis for the FCC’s Open Internet Order,” was published in the Criterion Journal on Innovation (Volume 1, 2016, pp. 479-495).  This article uses consistent measures of broadband availability and competitive trends recently developed by AACG to evaluate the FCC’s economic rationale for its 2015 Open Internet Order.

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AACG’s Analysis Shows Continued Growth in Broadband Competition, as Debate over Future of Net Neutrality Heats Up

The latest broadband performance results by Advanced Analytical Consulting Group show that service levels continued to increase through 2015. The results are based on the most recent data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released in September 2016 for service through December 2015. This is the second in a series of reports by AACG, providing a consistent set of measures of broadband service over time. AACG’s previous report showed that the analyses presented by FCC Chairman Wheeler in support of the 2015 Open Internet Order relied on measures inconsistent with the FCC’s previous measures of broadband availability. As a result, measures presented in support of the 2015 Open Internet Order were incapable of revealing the extent of growth in internet provider availability. AACG’s new report titled “Consistent Measurement of Broadband Availability: FCC Data through 12/2015,” can be found at aacg.com/net-neutrality/.

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AACG Analysis Shows Growth in Broadband Competition not Revealed by FCC Metrics

AACG presents new findings about the extent of broadband service across the United States. Data analyses presented by FCC Chairman Wheeler in support of the 2015 Open Internet Order relied on measures inconsistent with the FCC’s previous measures of broadband availability. As a result measures presented in support of the 2015 Open Internet Order were incapable of revealing the extent of growth in internet provider availability. In AACG’s new report titled “Consistent Measurement of Broadband Availability,” AACG economists use the FCC’s broadband data to demonstrate that there has been substantial growth in the number of broadband providers over time when consistent measures of internet provider availability are analyzed from 2009 to 2015.  The report, the first in a series, can be found at http://aacg.com/net-neutrality/.

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AACG Labor Expert Presented at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled Wage & Hour Class Actions: Hot Buttons to Watch for in 2016

Dr. Daniel S. Levy discussed the critical issue of how statistical evidence can be used in labor cases and its major impact on not only how cases are tried but which cases have the characteristics that make them practical to bring to trial.   Dr. Levy discussed the evolving standards of statistical evidence with a focus on certain high profile cases (i.e. Tyson, Duran) and other 6th Circuit Rulings and how they interact.

For further details about this webcast or to order the recording, please visit:  The Knowledge Group Labor Webcast

AACG Telecom Expert Presents at CRRI Regulatory Conference

Dr. Timothy Tardiff presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Center for Research in Regulated Industries held on May 11-13, 2016. The CRRI conference features some of the latest developments in telecommunications, energy, postal, and other regulation industries.  Dr. Tardiff’s presentation focused on recent Federal Communications Commission orders addressing pole attachment rates.  The objective of these orders is to eliminate uneconomic disparities among the rates charged to broadband service providers in order to facilitate competition among these providers.

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AACG Reviews Select Studies and Comments in Response to the DOL’s Conflict of Interest Proposed Rule

In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a Conflict of Interest Proposed Rule.  The DOL received numerous comments.  AACG Economists reviewed six studies that were submitted, first discussing common themes and then separately addressing each study with a summary of our opinions, a synopsis of the study, and a discussion of the pertinent arguments.

Read More:  Review of Selected Studies and Comments in Response to the Department of Labor’s Conflict of Interest 2015 Proposed Rule and Exemptions

AACG Telecom Expert, Dr. Timothy Tardiff, Presented at the New England Chapter of FCBA

AACG Telecom Expert, Dr. Timothy Tardiff, moderated a panel discussion at the New England Chapter of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) at a program entitled “Recent Federal Law Changes and Their Impact on the States”. Dr. Tardiff fostered a discussion on the recent changes to federal laws, including the Open Internet Order and Cable Franchising changes.

Read More: FCBA November 2015 Newsletter

Empirical Evidence on Justification for Net Neutrality

Chairman Wheeler cites lack of suppliers of high speed Internet as a reason for Net Neutrality ruling. AACG Economist, Dr. Timothy Tardiff, provides evidence about how quickly new suppliers have entered the market to supply increasingly higher speed internet service.  Dr. Tardiff’s article titled “Net Neutrality: Economic Evaluation of Market Developments” has been published in the Journal of Competition Law & Economics.

Read More: Net Neutrality Based on Evidence – Dr. Timothy Tardiff

AACG Telecom Expert Publishes in Journal of Regulatory Economics on the Impact of Pricing by Using Differing Methods

Dr. Timothy Tardiff’s paper, “Prices Based on Current Cost or Historical Cost: How Different Are They?,” was published in the Journal of Regulatory Economics (Volume 47, Issue 2, April 2015, pp. 201-217).  This paper focuses on pricing based on current costs versus pricing based on historical costs and the impact of the differing methods in regulated industries.  Dr. Tardiff’s paper was also presented at the 33rd Annual Eastern Conference of the Center for Research in Regulated Industries.

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AACG Telecom Expert Presents Paper at AEA

AACG Telecom Expert, Dr. Timothy Tardiff, discussed the paper “Collaborate or Consolidate: Assessing the Competitive Effects of Production Joint Ventures,” by Nicolas Aguelakakis of Washington University and Federal Communications Commission economist Aleksandr Yankelevich at the Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association at a session entitled “Pricing and Resource Allocation in Telecommunications”. Dr. Tardiff’s discussion evaluated the results and conclusions from the authors’ model for evaluating telecommunications mergers and joint ventures, focusing on the sensitivity of the results to alternative inputs and assumptions regarding the responses of businesses and consumers.

AACG Principal Dr. Timothy Tardiff’s Article Published

AACG Principal Dr. Timothy Tardiff’s article titled ‘REREGULATION OR BETTER DEREGULATION?: ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF RECENT FCC COMPETITION ACTIONS’ has been published in the Journal of Competition Law and Economics. This article presents a framework for evaluating telecommunications competition policies and applies that framework to the FCC’s recent decisions.

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AACG Telecom Expert, Dr. Timothy Tardiff, Presented at the New England Chapter of FCBA

AACG Telecom Expert, Dr. Timothy Tardiff, presented at the New England Chapter of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) at a program entitled “Deregulation – How’s It Going?”. Dr. Tardiff’s presentation discussed the evolving telecommunications landscape. He highlighted various data points showing strong trends at both state and federal levels favoring movement away from regulated services and towards deregulation and not attempting to re-regulate.

Read More: FCBA November 2014 Newsletter

AACG Telecom Expert Presents at CRRI Regulatory Conference

Dr. Timothy Tardiff presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Center for Research in Regulated Industries held on May 14-16, 2014. The CRRI conference features some of the latest developments in the telecommunications and energy sectors. Dr. Tardiff’s presentation focused on pricing based on current costs versus pricing based on historical costs and the impact of the differing methods.

 Prices Based on Current Cost or Historical Cost?

Professor Lester Taylor Publishes a New Book Titled The Internal Structure of U.S. Consumer Expenditures

Professor Lester Taylor, an AACG affiliate, has published a new book that investigates the trade-offs that consumers make between 14 broad categories of consumption, such as housing, food, transportation, entertainment and education, among others. This research uses more than a decade of income and expenditure data collected in consumer expenditure surveys (conducted quarterly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) to measure economy-wide interactions between these major categories of consumption.

Read More: The Complex World of Consumer Decision: Will Increasing Alcohol Taxes Increase Book Sales?

AACG Principal Economist Dr. Timothy J. Tardiff Publishes Economic Analysis of Protected Profits Benchmark in the Antitrust Law Journal

Read more: The Protected Profits Benchmark: Input Price, Retail Price, or Both?

AACG Published Research about New OFCCP Compensation Guidelines

Advanced Analytical Consulting Group’s (“AACG”) Senior Economist Audrius Girnius’ article has been published in Employment Law 360. The lack of specificity in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ new compensation guidelines may be frustrating to federal contractors, but the upside may be that the OFCCP will now try to accurately model the contractor’s compensation decisions, says Audrius Girnius of Advanced Analytical Consulting Group Inc.

Read More: OFCCP Guidelines – Scientifically Valid, But Unclear

U.S. Congress Hears New AACG Research about Self-Insured Health Plans

For the third consecutive year, Advanced Analytical Consulting Group’s (“AACG”) research about employer funding of workers’ health benefits was presented to Congress and is now available on the Department of Labor website and at www.AACG.com/healthcare. Among other results, the report documents diverging trends among smaller and larger employers: smaller employers are increasingly purchasing insurance for the financial risks of healthcare benefits, whereas larger employers increasingly favor self-insurance. While these trends have existed for at least a decade, the migration toward self-insurance among larger employers appears to have accelerated recently.

AACG Finance Expert Speaks at Financial Management Association Annual Meeting

Dr. Levy will speak at the Financial Management Association annual meeting held October 17-20, 2012 on a panel session about financial experts in litigation. Other panelists include expert witnesses and litigation specialists from the Securities and Exchange Commission and Purdue University. Dr. Levy’s presentation will concentrate on the need for an expert witness to understand the essential questions relevant to the expert’s research and the additional quality control measures that are needed for research in a litigation setting.

AACG Expert Quoted by The Christian Science Monitor about Major Merger

The proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile presents the Obama administration with a major anti-trust dilemma. Federal regulators will consider several factors to determine whether to allow the two telecom competitors to merge.

Advanced Analytical Consulting Group (AACG) Expands its Labor and Finance Capabilities

Advanced Analytical Consulting Group (AACG), an economic, statistical, and computing consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Dr. Audrius Girnius has joined the firm as a Senior Economist within the Litigation and Disputes practice. Dr. Girnius brings his expertise and extensive experience in microeconomics, statistics, and econometrics to AACG.

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AACG Provides Liability and Damages Analysis for Largest Copyright Infringement Award Ever

Advanced Analytical Consulting Group (AACG) provided economic and statistical analyses related to liability and damages issues for Oracle’s copyright infringement claim against SAP, in which Oracle received a jury award of $1.3 billion.

Advanced Analytical’s Pricing Strategy Increases Profits Over 5% for Major International Beverage Manufacturer, Market Capitalization Jumps

Advanced Analytical Consulting Group Inc. (AACG) recently increased profits of a major international beverage brand by over 5% during the first phase of a new pricing strategy. This increase in profit was achieved while increasing market share and average prices across all geographies. The strategy and implementation of the new prices were engineered through AACG’s Pricing and Profitability Optimization process and technology.

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Advanced Analytical Consulting Group (AACG) Expands Telecommunication Expertise

April 26, 2010 – Advanced Analytical Consulting Group, Inc. (AACG), an economic, statistical, and computing consulting firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Timothy J. Tardiff as principal in its Boston office.

Dr. Tardiff is an expert in telecommunications and has a wide range of experience in regulation, antitrust issues, evaluating pricing policies, and calculating economic damages in contract disputes, securities claims, and alleged antitrust violations. Dr. Tardiff has testified extensively as an expert witness in legal and regulatory proceedings, including for the Federal Communications Commission and state regulatory proceedings and arbitrations. His expertise spans multiple industries, including telecommunications, energy, public utilities, and transportation, and he has numerous publications in economics and telecommunications journals.

Advanced Analytical Consulting Group (AACG) Expands its Operations Capabilities

Advanced Analytical Consulting Group (AACG), an economic, statistical, and computing consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Ms. Meryl Baldwin has joined the firm as a Senior Manager in its Boston office. Ms. Baldwin brings her expertise and extensive experience in business operations and financial management to AACG.

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AACG Economic Consulting Expands Capabilities in Pricing and Profitability Management

AACG Economic Consulting announced expansion of its Strategy and Operations practice. Karthik Padmanabhan, an experienced consultant specializing in pricing and profit optimization, has joined AACG as a Senior Manager.

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AACG Economic Consulting Expands Presence with Opening of New Office in San Francisco

Offers wide range of practices to corporate and law firm clients on the West Coast
AACG Economic Consulting today announced an expansion with the opening of a new office in San Francisco. AACG’s new location offers clients its full range of litigation and business consulting services, including litigation and disputes, regulation compliance monitoring, strategy and operations, pricing analysis, and analytical tool development.

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AACG Addresses Mutual Fund and Hedge Fund Regulatory Compliance with New Product Offering

Scientific Fraud Detection helps identify fraudulent behavior related to trade allocation, portfolio pumping, front running and late trading.
In the wake of the financial sector meltdown and heightened concerns about financial fraud, Advanced Analytical Consulting Group, Inc. (AACG) introduces a new product, Scientific Fraud Detection, designed to help funds monitor regulatory compliance and identify fraudulent behavior. AACG Economic Consulting now offers customized, rigorous statistical tests that help identify fraudulent behavior, including behavior related to trade allocation, portfolio pumping, front running and late trading. AACG’s experienced economists apply a unique methodology which uses internal and external data to detect aberrant trading patterns.

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Dr. Panis Interviewed on KNX 1070 Newsradio, Los Angeles

Many consumers recognize the protection that private annuities can provide against investment risks and the risks of outliving one’s resources. However, choosing an appropriate annuity product can be difficult because of the many flavors and features offered by life insurance companies. Bob McCormick of KNX 1070 Newsradio in Los Angeles interviewed AACG economist Dr. Stan Panis to help educate his listeners. In three broadcast episodes, Dr. Panis explained the basic features of private annuities and clarified some typical consumer misunderstandings.

The Wall Street Journal Quotes AACG Economic Consulting Expert About Pensions

Privately purchased annuities are gaining popularity, in part because the income flows that they guarantee for life serve as insurance against the risks of poor investment returns and of outliving one’s retirement resources. The Wall Street Journal featured an in-depth article on private annuities, explaining how they may appeal to some but not all retirees. The article quoted AACG economist Dr. Stan Panis. In a study on retirement well-being, Dr. Panis found that retirees with annuities or other lifelong, guaranteed income — other than from Social Security — were more satisfied in retirement and showed fewer symptoms of depression. The longer retirees spent in retirement and the more they depleted their savings, the stronger the benefits of lifelong, guaranteed income became.

Read More: WSJ Article | Study on Annuities and Retirement Well-Being

Dr. Panis Publishes Chapter in Recent Book on Skilled Workers

Dr. Stan Panis of AACG and Dr. Lynn Karoly of the RAND Corporation recently published a study, “Supply of and Demand for Skilled Labor in the United States.” The study describes how long-term demographic changes, technological development, and globalization are slowing down the growth of the skilled workforce in the United States, while also increasing the number of skilled workers that the American industry is looking to recruit. The study appears in Skilled Immigration Today, a book edited by Jagdish Bhagwati of Columbia University and Gordon Hanson of the University of California at San Diego (Oxford University Press, 2009).