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Stephen B. Pociask

With over thirty-five 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 healthcare 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, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and CNET Radio.  He is a regulator commenter for Forbes and the Huffington Post.  In the past, he has been an affiliated expert for three think tanks.

He is Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 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 eighteen 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

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

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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