CCIA Requests Hearing on Senate Antitrust Venue Bill Ahead of Markup

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter today asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on S. 1787, State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021. Antitrust litigation often involves multiple states which, absent the possibility to centralize under one venue, would risk having balkanized antitrust judgments with multiple and…

New EU Distribution Rules Allow Discrimination Against Online Commerce

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission has published its draft revisions to distribution rules known as the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and the Vertical Guidelines (“VBER”). The VBER covers so-called vertical agreements between suppliers and their retailers or distributors. The updated rules replace the current rules on June 1, 2022. Digital distribution models have been…

CCIA Comments On FTC Vote To Expand Its Scope, Mission

Washington — The FTC held its first open meeting under Chairwoman Lina Khan’s leadership Thursday. The commissioners approved a dramatic change to the policy framework that guides the FTC’s enforcement decisions by rescinding the “Statement of Enforcement Principles Regarding ‘Unfair Methods of Competition’ Under Section 5 of the FTC Act.”  The Computer & Communications Industry…

CCIA Welcomes Slovenia’s EU Presidency, Presents Recommendations

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is offering recommendations for Europe’s digitising economy as Slovenia takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July. CCIA suggestions cover a variety of EU proposals, ranging from the Digital Markets Act, to the Data Act, and international data flows. The following…

House Judiciary To Markup Bills Directing Regulators To Alter Business Models Of Some Tech Companies

Washington – The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to markup several bills that would be a radical departure from the way the U.S. has regulated businesses. The so-called antitrust bills cover a broad range of issues and new rules that would apply to only a few tech companies but not other competitors, including some Chinese…

CCIA Analysis Of House Antitrust Bills, Impact On Tech, Economy

Washington — CCIA has advocated for a competitive tech industry for nearly 50 years, relying on antitrust laws that targeted bad behavior and promoted consumer welfare. Several antitrust bills introduced in the House this month would be the biggest departure from antitrust rules since 1890, dramatically altering rules that have given the U.S. its current…

Tech Association Response To House Bills Aimed At Handful of Tech Companies

Washington —  Democratic House Representatives on the House Judiciary Committee have introduced a series of interventionist bills with the aim of regulating a selected group of American digital service providers. These proposed regulations represent a shift from the market-oriented principles that have characterized U.S. economic policy. They would have a severe impact on U.S. economic…