White House Nominates Four Commissioners To FTC

BY Heather Greenfield
January 25, 2018

Washington — The administration has announced four nominees to fill out the Federal Trade Commission — DC antitrust attorney Joe Simons would lead the agency. The other Republican nominees would be Senator Cornyn’s chief counsel Noah Phillips and Delta airlines executive Christine Wilson. Rohit Chopra, a consumer advocate would  fill the Democratic slot. The FTC has only had two commissioners — Republican Maureen Ohlhausen and Democrat Terrell McSweeny — running the agency.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported open competition for 45 years and has supported regulators in cases involving IBM,  AT&T and others over the years. The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“An FTC with a fully staffed Board will benefit the agency’s many important endeavors  from protecting consumers from identity theft to antitrust enforcement to reining in patent trolls shaking down small businesses.  

“It will be helpful to have a full panel of Commissioners who understand how new technology enhances consumer welfare, but also how consumers need to be protected from those who might misuse it.  A fully staffed board of commissioners would also contribute to empowering the agency’s efforts to promote and harmonize sound antitrust enforcement globally.”

Related Articles

CCIA To Testify Before FTC On Privacy Thursday

Sep 8, 2022

Washington –The Computer & Communications Industry Association will testify Thursday during the Federal Trade Commission’s Public Forum on Privacy. CCIA supports baseline federal privacy rules for the Internet ecosystem. CCIA Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President Stephanie Joyce will tell the FTC that federal law should protect sensitive user data that can be linked…

ICYMI: Experts Warn FTC Should Not Misuse Authority to Remake Antitrust Law

Jul 11, 2022

Washington – Concurrences Review and the Computer & Communications Industry Association hosted an event at the National Press Club June 27 on the Federal Trade Commission’s rulemaking authority. Throughout the day-long event, experts discussed the role of Congress vs. the FTC in changing antitrust law, and the legal and chilling economic impact of FTC’s approach…

CCIA Provides Remarks in Support of Maintaining Flexible, Adaptable Merger Guidelines at FTC-DOJ Listening Forum

May 18, 2022

Washington – As part of a broader series on the impact of mergers and acquisitions, the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) last week hosted a public listening forum on merger control with a focus on the technology industry. After submitting comments to the FTC and DOJ’s…