In an investment strategy first popularized by Warren Buffet, investors are encouraged to seek out companies that are surrounded by a competitive “moat.”

Investopedia, the online financial wiki, expands on this as a business’ ability to protect its competitive advantage, long-term profits, and market share from competing firms. This moat “serves to protect those inside the fortress and their riches from outsiders.”

AT&T and Verizon currently operate behind a moat of market dominance, but these companies did not reach the commanding heights of the wireless industry through organic growth alone.

Artists Are Driving MMA Ahead, SiriusXM Should Join Them

SiriusXM is mounting a lonely campaign against the Music Modernization Act (MMA), saying that because AM/FM radio doesn’t pay artists fairly, neither should they.

SiriusXM is right on one thing: it is absurd and insulting that terrestrial AM/FM radio does not compensate artists for playing their recordings when every other music platform does. One major fundamental injustice to music creators, however, cannot be used to justify others.

ACG's Chris Israel Testifies Before Congress on Small Businesses and Intellectual Property Use

On July 11th, American Continental Group's Chris Israel testified before the House Small Business Committee's for their hearing entitled, "Innovation Nation: How Small Businesses in the Digital Technology Industry Use Intellectual Property".  Mr. Israel spoke on behalf of the Alliance of U.S. Startups and Inventors For Jobs (USIJ) as its Executive Director. This particular hearing examined how small business owners in the technology industry use intellectual property and issues with the intellectual property system. 

You can read Chris' full testimony here.

U.S. Senate vote could protect Texas musicians' rights

As one of the most diverse and vibrant states in the country, it comes as no surprise that Texas’ music legacy is as rich and creative as its population. George Strait has had more No. 1 (44) songs on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart than any other artist. Beyoncé has reigned on the charts since her debut as part of Destiny’s Child, and Selena catapulted Tejano music into the mainstream as Billboard’s top-selling Latin artist of the 1990s.

And while these artists appear as if they have little in common, they are all Texans.

Texas’ diverse musical heritage is the foundation of the state’s continued commitment to musical greatness. During a recent hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Music Modernization Act, bill co-sponsor Sen. John Cornyn described the impact of the Texas music economy.

The New T-Mobile Won't Thwart the 5G Revolution, It Will Start It

What's one app you couldn't live without? We all have our favorites, but chances are our treasured apps all have one thing in common—they wouldn't work without the 4G connectivity that is credited with the rise of internet-enabled mobile applications.

Would Your Business Benefit From Guidance on Protecting Your IP?

Would Your Business Benefit From Guidance on Protecting Your IP?

People who paid close attention during the 2016 presidential campaign will likely recall then-candidate Donald Trump’s frequent assertions that the trade relationship between the United States and China was one-sided in favor of China. A significant part of his argument was that, in addition to a trade deficit, China frequently stole the intellectual property of United States companies.1

The Hill: Comprehensive legislation on verge of bringing music copyright laws into the 21st Century

According to Neilsen, the overall consumption of music in the U.S. increased nearly 13 percent in 2017. R&B/hip-hop has emerged as the most popular genre in the U.S., yet Americans still love the classics – the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ Club Band was the top-selling vinyl album last year, 40 years after its release changed music forever. The quality and timelessness of music combined with innovative technologies that now respect and support it has led to growth and optimism for artists.

The Hill: Congress should ensure Pai's decision on net neutrality stands firm

Now that the Federal Communications Commission has voted to repeal the Obama administration’s Title II internet regulation and the dialogue is a little less clouded with catastrophist rhetoric, we should stand back and consider what this decision actually achieved, what the likely impact is, and what policy makers can do now to bring some much needed certainty to internet markets.

American Continental Group Signs Five

American Continental Group has signed another five clients: Cognizant Technology Solutions, Diebold Nixdorf, News Corporation, the Onex Corporation and Textron. The firm has signed more than 30 new clients this year, helped by the reputation of David Urban, a lobbyist there who’s seen as close to Trump’s administration after serving as a senior adviser on Trump’s campaign and helping him win Pennsylvania.

A White House Defender in the Trenches of the Swamp

David Urban’s inbox is jammed. If you don’t mind, he just needs a moment to make sure there are no crises requiring his attention. The burly lobbyist settles into his office chair overlooking glass-paneled downtown Washington office buildings and sifts through the missives, which these days are heavy on Trump administration access seekers. “Can you give me Steve Mnuchin’s email?” he reads aloud — a note from someone seeking the Treasury secretary’s contact.