Items tagged "Competition Policy"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Antitrust Legislation to Bolster Merger Enforcement, Promote Competition

September 15, 2017 Competition , Competition Policy , Mergers

Yesterday, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Merger Enforcement Improvement Act, a bill that promotes merger enforcement and protects competition. Senator Klobuchar also introduced the Consolidation Prevention and Competition Promotion Act of 2017.

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Media Update: Civis Analytics Poll Shows Bipartisan Opposition to AT&T/Time Warner Merger

August 7, 2017 AT&T , Competition , Competition Policy , merger , Time Warner

Recently, Civis Analytics released a competition poll that shows broad, bipartisan opposition to the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner. The poll found that “[t]he proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner is opposed by 64 percent of Americans, including 65 percent of Democrats, 64 percent of Republicans, and 63 percent of Independents.”

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Congressional Democrats’ “Better Deal” Economic Agenda on Competition

July 24, 2017 Antitrust , Antitrust Law , Competition , Competition Policy , Mergers

Today, reports indicate that Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will reveal an economic agenda with components focused on competition policy entitled, “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.”

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Washington Center for Equitable Growth Launches Antitrust Paper on Digital Communications

July 18, 2017 Broadband , Competition , Competition Policy , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth launched a new antitrust paper, “A Communications Oligopoly on Steroids: Why antitrust enforcement and regulatory oversight in digital communications matter,” by Public Knowledge President and CEO, Gene Kimmelman, and Consumer Federation of America’s research director, Mark Cooper.

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Public Knowledge Joins Center for Rural Strategies in Appalachian Connectivity Summit

July 6, 2017 Broadband , Competition Policy , FCC , Rural Access , Rural Broadband

Today, Public Knowledge announces its partnership with the Center for Rural Strategies to organize the Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit Tuesday, July 18 in Marietta, Ohio.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Stop Anti-Competitive Broadband Contracts for Apartments and Condos

June 22, 2017 Broadband , Competition , Competition Policy , FCC , internet access

Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a Notice of Inquiry on barriers to competitive broadband choices for consumers living in multi-tenant buildings. Public Knowledge has long supported prohibiting anti-competitive behavior and Commission efforts to remove barriers to deployment and facilitate greater choice for consumers in apartment and condominium buildings, shopping malls, and cooperatives.

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You can watch Charlotte’s #CES2020 panel, “Should Big Tech Be Broken Up?,” below.  Starting Wednesday, I’ll be at CES. This is the tech industry’s annual conference where they show off cool new products, prototypes, or sometimes just ideas of what’s next in tech. I’ve been invited to speak on a panel asking, “Should Big Tech […]

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The Case for the Digital Platform Act: Foreword by Tom Wheeler

May 8, 2019 Competition Policy , consumer choice , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

A late 1970’s television commercial for stock brokerage firm E.F. Hutton closed with the tagline, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” On technology-related policy matters in the 21st century, when Harold Feld talks, people listen. We now have the advantage of Harold’s speaking between two covers. The volume you hold in your hands is a tour de force of the issues raised by the digital economy and internet capitalism. Whether you agree or disagree with Harold, these thoughts will stretch your intellect and stimulate your thinking.

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To Make the Tech Sector Competitive, Antitrust Is Only Half the Answer

February 22, 2019 Antitrust , Competition , Competition Policy , FTC , Platform Regulation

It seems antitrust is finally having a new moment in the sun. From Attorney General Nominee Bill Barr to Senator Amy Klobuchar, to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to and even President Trump, everyone is talking about antitrust in the context of Internet platforms. While antitrust is a powerful tool and essential to the proper functioning of the economy, antitrust alone cannot eliminate the full array of harms caused by highly concentrated markets. The excessive market concentration and corporate power we see today resulted not only from conservative jurisprudence and lax antitrust enforcement but also excessive deregulation. Antitrust is not sufficient to rectify the very real problems reform advocates identify.

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Time for the FTC to Study Data and Labor Market Competition Issues

September 13, 2018 Antitrust , Charlotte Slaiman , Competition , Competition Policy , FTC , Platform Competition

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a series of historic public hearings on the future of antitrust law that begin today. Gene Kimmelman, the President of Public Knowledge, is participating in the hearings. To continue these efforts to examine developments in competition throughout the economy, the FTC should launch two important studies to examine: 1) the impact of big data on platform power, and 2) the impact of consolidation on America’s workers. Americans are concerned about competition, but we don’t have the information we need in order to know whether it is stronger agency enforcement or possibly other policy tools that are needed to address these concerns.

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