Steve Pociask

Steve Pociask

With over 40 years of experience in economic, policy, strategy and consumer research, Steve Pociask is president of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research, a nonprofit (501c3) think tank. Many of his research studies are filed at both federal and state regulatory commissions, and include such regulatory and legislative topics as energy, insurance, telecommunications, consumer protections, postal and health care issues.

He has spoken to numerous state and local legislators on a variety of regulatory issues, and testified before the Congressional Subcommittee for Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection on broadband competition. He has written about regulation, industry cost, price structure, competition and mergers.

He has completed two studies for the Office of Advocacy for the Small Business Administration and has written three books for the Economic Policy Institute on telecommunications and broadband policy. His book, “MCI WorldCom’s Sprint Toward Monopoly: An Analysis of the Proposed Telecommunications Merger,” co-authored with Dr. Jack Rutner, accurately predicted the Department of Justice’s decision to block the merger.


He has appeared numerous times in the media, including Fox TV, Bloomberg News, CNBC, Congressional Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and CNET Radio. In the past, he has been an affiliated expert for three think tanks.



He is chairman of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee. Mr. Pociask previously served as chief economist and executive vice president for the economic consulting firm Joel Popkin.

Before this assignment, he spent 18 years working in the technology industry, including chief economist for the Bell Atlantic Corporation. He has completed his Ph.D. coursework in economics and has an M.A. in economics from George Mason University. For more information about the institute, visit www.theAmericanConsumer.org.

Recent Work

June 14, 2022
by Steve Pociask
Under Risk Rating 2.0, High-Income Communities Finally Pay Their Fair Share

Low-income neighborhoods face long roads to recovery as they are often disproportionately affected by natural disasters like hurricanes and flooding.... Read More

Low-income neighborhoods face long roads to recovery as they are often disproportionately affected by natural disasters like hurricanes and flooding. Yet, instead of paying an equitable amount for the coverage they need, they continue to subsidize flood insurance for affluent, coastal communities. However, implementing a new... Read More

April 10, 2020
by Steve Pociask
NFIP Is the Anti-Robin Hood of Disaster Relief

Floods are America’s most common natural disaster, causing millions of dollars of damage each year. To protect consumers, FEMA’s National... Read More

Floods are America’s most common natural disaster, causing millions of dollars of damage each year. To protect consumers, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides coverage for over 5 million policyholders. But analysis of recently released FEMA data shows that the taxpayer-funded program first and foremost... Read More

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