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:

Event Recap: The Online Platform Ecosytem

On June 6,  CCIA hosted a conference on the online platform ecosystem in Brussels. After a keynote delivered by DG CNECT’s Werner Stengg we had an expert panel discussion on the right regulatory framework towards online platforms. That panel was followed by a panel composed exclusively of online sellers and app developers – i.e. important…

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CCIA Calls For In Depth Investigation Of Proposed Merger Of T-Mobile And Sprint

Washington — Sprint and T-Mobile announced plans to merge Sunday. The third and fourth largest mobile phone carriers said the merger would help them compete with the two largest companies AT&T and Verizon. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been a voice for greater competition within the technology industry since it was founded in…

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Takeaways from Disrupter Series Hearing on The Internet of Things, Manufacturing, and Innovation

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already impacting and changing the global manufacturing landscape. On Thursday January 18, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing as part of their Disrupter Series on IoT, Manufacturing and Innovation. Specifically, the Committee heard testimony from Rodney Masney, Vice President, Technology…

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