Items tagged "Competition"

Last week I went to CES, the tech industry’s annual conference where they show off cool new products, prototypes, and ideas of what’s next in tech. (I also presented on a panel, “Should Big Tech Be Broken Up?,” which you can watch here.) I approached vendors with a policy advocate eye, and did a lot […]

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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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Public Knowledge Warns Justice Department of Potential Competition Harms from Google-Fitbit Merger

April 30, 2020 Competition , digital platforms , DOJ , Fitbit

Today, Public Knowledge and the Consumer Federation of America sent a letter urging U.S. Attorney General William Barr to carefully review Google parent company Alphabet’s proposed Fitbit acquisition due to potential harms to competition.

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Your Landlord Might Be Making Deals With Broadband Providers. We Want Them to Stop.

September 10, 2019 Broadband Access , Competition , FCC , MDUs , MTEs

Let me tell you a story about my attempts to get broadband internet access at my old apartment building. I had just finished law school and moved into a large corporate apartment in the Washington, D.C. area. After doing some research, I picked the broadband and cable plan that was best for me and my […]

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Examining Previous Big Tech Mergers

February 11, 2020 6(b) study , Competition , digital platforms , FTC

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it would investigate prior acquisitions made by five large technology firms — including Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft — to determine the “terms, scope, structure, and purpose” of transactions made between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2019 as part of a 6(b) study. 

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Public Knowledge Files Comments, Consumer Letters Urging FCC to Support Broadband Competition

February 5, 2020 Broadband , Competition , consumer choice , FCC , unbundled network elements , UNEs

Today, Public Knowledge filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Modernizing Unbundling and Resale Requirements in an Era of Next-Generation Networks and Services,” which proposes to roll back Unbundled Network Element (UNEs) rules that help small providers compete with incumbent monopolies. Public Knowledge opposes this, because doing so would reduce competition and lead to higher prices for consumers.

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The BOSS Act Protects Both the Rights and Pocketbooks of Event-Goers

June 26, 2019 Competition , Digital First Sale , Legislation

This week, Congressman Pascrell (D-NJ), Congressman Pallone (D-NJ), and Senator Blumenthal reintroduced the BOSS Act in a renewed attempt to bring transparency and fair practices to the online market for event tickets. Public Knowledge applauds the Act, which looks to end the worst abuses of the consolidated ticket sale/resale market while maintaining an individual ticket holder’s right to do what they want with the ticket they purchased.

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Sonos Needs Regulatory Protections For Competitive Concerns, Not a Blockade of Consumer Products

January 23, 2020 Competition , Competition Policy , ITC , Platform Competition , Sonos

Yesterday, Public Knowledge and the R Street Institute filed a comment at the International Trade Commission, arguing that it should deny Sonos’s request that categories of consumer products be blocked from import. On the merits, Public Knowledge finds Sonos’s ITC request runs contrary to the public interest. However, this is not an indictment against Sonos’s legitimate competition concerns. These competitive concerns demand resolution if consumers are to benefit from real, interoperable choices in the growing Internet of Things marketplace.

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Interoperability = Privacy + Competition

April 26, 2019 Competition , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Platform Regulation Series , Privacy

As Congress and other relevant stakeholders debate how to protect Americans’ privacy, a key concern is making sure that new legislation doesn’t entrench the power of big tech incumbents. In this post, we argue that incorporating data interoperability into privacy legislation is essential to empowering consumers’ data rights and fostering a competitive marketplace.

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FTC Should Continue to Fight for Lower Consumer Prices in Qualcomm Lawsuit

April 18, 2019 Apple , Competition , FTC , Patent Reform , Patents

Back in November, Public Knowledge and Open Markets Institute argued to the International Trade Commission that it would violate the public interest to grant Qualcomm’s request to ban iPhones that used Intel baseband technology from the U.S. market. We wrote then,

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