IP Issues at the FTC: Remarks by Chairwoman Edith Ramirez
September 30, 2016

CCIA Offers Comments On FCC Proposal To Make Business Data Services More Competitive

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments Tuesday on the FCC’s proposed new rules for the business broadband marketplace. These business data services (BDS), formerly known as “special access,” are used for transactions like credit card processing or ATM withdrawals, and by schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses that require dedicated transmission lines…

CCIA Welcomes DOJ Decision To Protect Competition, Consumer Access To Music

Washington — The Department of Justice announced today that it has concluded its multi-year review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees, and that it will refrain from altering the pro-competition provisions. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been committed to fighting for effective competition and antitrust laws for decades, and had filed comments…

EU Issues Antitrust Charges Against Google

Brussels — The European Commission’s Commissioner of Competition, Margrethe Vestager, issued a Statement of Objections against Google outlining alleged competition problems with Google’s contracts for the distribution of Android and its mobile apps.  The complaint focuses on three specific issues.  The Commission has identified alleged problems with Google’s distribution of its mobile apps on Android,…

European Commission Releases Telecommunications Consultation

Brussels, BELGIUM — As part of the move to a Digital Single Market the European Commission today released its telecommunications consultation. This evaluation reviews the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services covering everything from consumer protection to investment incentives and what Internet speeds will be needed in the future. The Computer & Communications…

CCIA Welcomes German Online Sales Competition Ruling, Broader Discussion On Online Sales Restrictions

Brussels, Belgium — Germany’s competition authority has concluded its proceeding into the distribution of Germany’s leading brand of running shoes. The Bundeskartellamt found that ASICS restricted online sales activities of authorized small and medium-sized dealers in ways that kept consumers from being able to easily search for those stores online and to shop around. The…

Consumer Groups, Tech Companies, CCIA Launch “Competify” Campaign

Washington — As federal officials face several important policy decisions that will have a significant impact on the affordability and availability of broadband, CCIA is proud to be a member of a coalition of industry and consumer groups supporting the “Competify” campaign. The campaign, aimed at encouraging consumer choice and policies that promote affordable broadband,…

EU Competition Commissioner Issues Statement of Objections to Google

Brussels – Today, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission has issued a statement of objections in the Google competition investigation.  The Commission’s preliminary case focuses on the functioning of Google’s shopping results. Furthermore, Ms. Vestager also announced the opening of a separate official investigation of Google’s Android operating system. The announcement…