Items tagged "Competition"

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We Don’t Have to Sacrifice User Safety and Convenience to Make App Stores Competitive

March 15, 2019 Competition , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Privacy , security

App stores, such as Google Play and Apple’s App Store, have been good for consumers and independent developers in a number of ways. When they work well, they provide consumers with a convenient way to find and buy software that is safe and functional. I remember when my non-technical friends would never install software on their PCs, assuming that it was all a scam or malware of some kind. Now these same people can confidently install, use, and uninstall apps without fearing that it will ruin their devices or steal their personal information. Again, this is when things are working right. There are always bad actors to be vigilant against, and different app store curators do their jobs more and less well.

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The FCC Can — and Should — Update Its Rules to Combat Rising Cross-Ownership

February 25, 2019 Competition , FCC , Litigation , Media Ownership , Mergers

The Federal Communications Commission is required by law to review its media ownership rules every four years to determine whether they remain “necessary in the public interest.” If they do not, the FCC is to “repeal or modify” the regulations. Contrary to the apparent belief of the FCC, the Quadrennial Review is not simply about eliminating or relaxing rules. Rather, the purpose of the review is to serve the public interest. Therefore, when the FCC decides whether to keep, repeal, or modify current rules, some rules may need to be enhanced.

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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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FCC Formally Approves T-Mobile/Sprint Merger. Deal Likely to Harm Consumers, Competition

November 5, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , consumer choice , Mergers , Sprint/T-Mobile , Wireless Competition , wireless network

Today, the Federal Communications Commission released its Order formally approving the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

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Public Interest Groups Urge Congress to Support the News Without Antitrust Exemptions

October 25, 2019 antitrust exemptions , Antitrust Law , Competition , digital platforms , Future of News , journalism , Media Diversity

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter urging Congress to protect and promote a free press without exempting news companies from antitrust laws. Public Knowledge argues that this exemption would just lead to self-interested bargaining between large news companies and digital platforms — leaving consumers and citizens out.

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Our Thoughts on Facebook’s WhatsApp + Messenger + Instagram Integration

January 30, 2019 Competition , Data Protection , Platform Regulation , Privacy , security

Last week, the New York Times reported that Facebook has decided to integrate the back-end infrastructures of its three fully-owned messaging products: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. At Public Knowledge, aware of the different nature, features, and conditions of use of these three services, we are carefully following the possible privacy and security and competition implications of this market-changing move.

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Public Knowledge Argues That Proposed Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Conditions Do Not Protect Consumers

October 11, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Antitrust , Competition , DISH , DISH Network , DOJ , FCC , Mergers , Sprint , Sprint/T-Mobile , SprintT-Mobile , StopTmobileSprint , T-Mobile

This week, Public Knowledge filed comments with the Department of Justice regarding its proposed conditions on the Sprint / T-Mobile merger.

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Nexstar-Tribune Merger Threatens Our Public Discourse

December 10, 2018 Anticompetitive mergers , Charlotte Slaiman , Competition , FCC , Nexstar , UHF discount

Remember when Sinclair Broadcasting Group tried to buy Tribune Media? That merger would have allowed Sinclair to reach 72 percent of U.S. households — far, far above the Federal Communications Commission’s 39 percent audience cap. Fortunately for consumers, Tribune backed out of the deal after the FCC signaled it was unwilling to approve the transaction as structured.

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Public Knowledge Supports Antitrust Investigations into Google and Facebook

September 9, 2019 Antitrust , Competition , Facebook , Google

Today, 50 states and territories announced they are opening an antitrust investigation into Google and its parent company, Alphabet. Alphabet also confirmed last week that it is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. Eight states and DC also announced last week that they are beginning an antitrust investigation into Facebook as well.

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FCC Move to Approve T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Premature, Additional Public Input Necessary

August 15, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , FCC , Sprint , T-Mobile

Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft order to approve the Sprint/T-Mobile merger. The move follows the Department of Justice’s approval of the deal, pending the divestiture of prepaid brands and customers, as well as several side agreements designed to accelerate Dish Network’s entry into the wireless market.

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