FTC To Hear From Antitrust Law Experts Friday

September 20, 2018

Washington — The Federal Trade Commission plans to hold its second hearing Friday on the state of current antitrust law as part of a series of hearings “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.”

The Computer & Communications Industry Association has advocated for policies that promote competition in the tech industry for more than 45 years and welcomes the hearings. CCIA offered the FTC comments on the state of antitrust and consumer protection law and enforcement.

The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“Amid all the political pressure coming from a few big tech companies seeking to demonize and harass their popular competitors, these hearings help regulators gather the facts from experts to better understand US industry and how its working for consumers and the economy. The hearing Friday is focused on the state of antitrust law, which is and should be a welcomed focus for all whose main concern is a competitive tech industry and the benefits that brings to consumers with lower prices and better products.”

The following can be attributed to CCIA Director of Competition Marianela López-Galdos:

“The FTC hearings provide for an opportunity for interested stakeholders, including academics, practitioners, enforcers and industry representatives to dialogue about important antitrust matters in the digital economy. Fostering these conversations where a variety of viewpoints come to the table is key to ensure the usefulness of the FTC’s advocacy effort, and we applaud the FTC for ensuring all viewpoints are heard.”

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