CCIA Testifies at House Antitrust Hearing

Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black is scheduled to testify Thursday at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing, “Competition in the Evolving Digital Marketplace.” Antitrust oversight has received more attention since the Obama administration and Black has been an advocate for balanced competition policy for the high tech industry for 25 years.…

FTC – Intel Settlement: Will It Stop Anticompetitive Practices? The Devil Will be in the Details

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Intel that attempts to halt the company’s anticompetitive behavior and at least partially reverse its effects. CCIA echoes the comments of Chairman Jon Leibowitz of the FTC who stated that the “sum total of all of [Intel’s] anticompetitive conduct…bolstered Intel’s monopoly and harmed consumers by…

CCIA Opposes Bill To Expand Internet Tax Collection

Just before the Independence Day weekend, a bill was introduced in the House that would increase the tax collection burden for thousands of small, independent businesses using the Internet to sell their products. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has serious concerns about H.R. 5660, the Main Street Fairness Act sponsored by Rep. William Delahunt,…

IBM, TurboHercules and the Problems with the Patent System

One of CCIA’s smaller members, TurboHercules SAS, has received a lot of attention recently surrounding its antitrust dispute with IBM, especially because IBM has chosen to rattle its many patent sabers at this much smaller competitor by providing a list of 173 potentially infringed patents. What makes this story a little different from a classic patent shakedown is that TurboHercules…

CCIA Appreciates Congressional Focus On Antitrust Oversight

The Senate Antitrust Subcommittee will hold a general oversight hearing this afternoon on the two federal antitrust enforcement agencies charged with protecting consumers — the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition. It will be Chairman Kohl’s chance to ask questions about mergers he has expressed concern about such…