Category Archives: Federal Trade Commission

Congress nudges FCC back to its primary mission

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve S.J. Res 34, a resolution that invalidates privacy rules enacted by the Federal Communications Commission last December. The rules imposed common carrier privacy restrictions on broadband providers. Opponents of the Commission’s … Continue reading

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Refining @FCC’s role on privacy

The Federal Communications Commission has been amplifying its preference as the protector of consumers particularly under the stewardship of current chairman Tom Wheeler. The Commission has overstepped the boundaries established for consumer protection in the Communications Act of 1934. The … Continue reading

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@FTC versus @FCC

Federal Trade Commission member Joshua Wright made a speech almost two weeks ago laying out an argument for a different framework for regulating the market for broadband services.  Not only did he present a different framework, but also made the … Continue reading

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Mike Lee ignores where consumer welfare actually lies

According to The Hillicon Valley blog, Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, is going to keep his eye on Google, after the Internet search giant escaped a finding by the Federal Trade Commission of antitrust violations.  Mr. Lee is concerned … Continue reading

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Google provides new template for dealing with regulators

Great article in The New York Times today discussing Google’s strategy in its victory at the Federal Trade Commission.  I say victory because any event where onerous regulations or compliance requirements can be avoided is a win for the markets. … Continue reading

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Google-Motorola: The FTC stepped in because the sector failed to regulate itself

The Federal Trade Commission today told Google to behave itself and stick to its patent obligations, determining that there was not enough evidence to bring a legal action against Google.  The FTC’s mission is to protect competition, not to target … Continue reading

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Libertarian policy goal in the fiscal cliff agreement? Wow

” … instead of markets directing economic resources to their most efficient uses, the Government directs resources to other uses, creating a drag on economic growth and job creation.” Section 202(a)(3)(A) of the Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler … Continue reading

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