Items tagged "Competition Policy"

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The Monopolies that No One Is Talking About

September 1, 2017 Antitrust , Cable Pricing , Competition , Competition Policy

Recently there’s been a lot of noise about monopolies and antitrust in the United States. The Federal Trade Commission approved Amazon’s bid to buy Whole Foods in August, and Google was served with a record breaking fine by the European Union’s antitrust regulator in June. These stories have been fueling the buzz around competition policy discussions in the U.S. People are suddenly discussing the relevance of the Sherman Act, passed over 100 years ago. People are talking about whether there are “new monopolies” that these tech platforms could have on internet search, internet shopping, and more. But mostly, people are looking around and realizing that after waves of consolidation, the U.S economy has a few big players at the top — and fewer options when they need to buy something be it online or in their hometown.

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Amazon in Review: What the Amazon-Whole Foods Merger Teaches Us About Antitrust

August 29, 2017 Antitrust , Antitrust Law , Competition , Competition Policy , Mergers

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission approved the merger between internet-giant Amazon and Whole Foods, the original organic grocer. You may be surprised how quickly the merger passed regulatory muster, especially given the public’s desire for strong antitrust enforcement to promote vigorous competition and equity in our economy, including our digital one. You may be wondering: Is this a case of weak enforcement? Is it proof that today’s antitrust doctrine is useless for digital-age companies? Or are critics of growing digital market concentration simply wrong to express concern? My guess is “none of the above.” Here’s why.

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Key Takeaways from “A Communications Oligopoly on Steroids”

July 24, 2017 Antitrust , Competition , Competition Policy

Public Knowledge President and CEO Gene Kimmelman partnered with Consumer Federation of America Research Director Mark Cooper and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to publish “A Communications Oligopoly on Steroids: Why antitrust enforcement and regulatory oversight in digital communications matter.” Here are the key takeaways.

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Cable Broadband Providers: What Ever Happened to “The Customer is Always Right”?

June 6, 2017 Competition , Competition Policy

The concept that “The Customer is Always Right” has such resonance that it has been popular around the globe for more than 100 years, from Marshall Field’s department store in Chicago to Selfridge’s in London, and from the Ritz in Paris, whose motto was “le client n’a jamais tort” (the customer is never wrong) to the German “der Kunde ist König” (the customer is king) and the Japanese “Okyakusama wa Kamisama desu” (the customer is like a god).

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