Competition is one of the fundamental drivers of innovation in dynamic sectors such as the high tech industry. Competition norms are quintessential to ensure that dynamic competition governs the high tech sector, so that market positions are not entrenched and companies continue to innovate. Hence, consumers can benefit from the innovations that such competition brings about. To this end, regulators must be sure abide by the bedrock principle of antitrust law: consumer, not competitor, welfare is paramount.

CCIA’s View:

To ensure that tech-related innovation continues to play a positive role in the global economy, sound competition policy and antitrust enforcement both must play a crucial role in ensuring that competition exists across markets.The Internet is characterized by extremely low barriers to entry and vibrant competition among market participants. Furthermore, many companies operating on the Internet are so-called multi-sided business models.

CCIA believes in smart, well-targeted antitrust enforcement that recognizes different market realities supported by sound economic analysis. As such, regulators must be cognizant of choke points where market characteristics lead to competition problems. Given the vast differences in technology markets, CCIA’s positions on antitrust cases are not ideological but case specific and fact driven.

CCIA encourages competition authorities to continue to endeavor resources to understand the market dynamics that govern the Internet to ensure that enforcement actions tackle anticompetitive behavior that undermine innovation and consumer welfare. Similarly, CCIA intervenes, on a case by case basis, in those processes aimed at clarifying the antitrust norms applicable for companies operating on the Internet, providing the Industries’ viewpoints to the benefit of consumers.

Most Recent Statements:

CCIA Urges Intel To Help Release Court Records

Intel is once again crying foul after the European Commission released a mountain of evidence Monday, which makes it clear how the company broke antitrust laws. Since then, Intel’s CEO has complained to journalists the EU released selective documents and that the company is not allowed to defend itself. Intel is currently under investigation by…

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A Mountain of Evidence is Released Supporting Charges Against Intel

Today, the European Commission released a substantial portion of the evidence that it relied upon in finding that Intel violated antitrust laws with its controversial business practices.  The evidence released included  a massive amount of data, internal emails and anecdotal evidence that indicates numerous breaches of competition law. This newly released non-confidential version of the European…

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