EU Negotiators Reach Agreement On Platform Regulation Proposal

Brussels, BELGIUM — Negotiators from the European Parliament, Council of the EU and the European Commission this morning reached a political agreement on the so-called ‘Platform-to-Business’ Regulation (P2B). The compromise text will now have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and EU Member States in coming weeks. The initial purpose of the P2B…

CCIA Welcomes FCC Commissioner Confirmations

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the Senate reconfirmation of Brendan Carr, as well as the unanimous confirmation of Geoffrey Starks, as commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission. These confirmations fill the five-seat panel, which had been operating at a deficit since Mignon Clyburn stepped down in mid-2018. The following can be…

European Parliament Committee Adopts Position on ‘Platform-to-Business’ Regulation

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) adopted its draft report on the ‘platform-to-business’ Regulation. The text will form the basis of the European Parliament’s position in the upcoming trilogue negotiations with the European Commission and Council. The Council reached political agreement on the file at the end of…

EU Member States Reach Political Agreement on the ‘Platform-to-Business’ Regulation

Brussels, BELGIUM —  Today EU Member States reached a political agreement on the Council’s position on the ‘platform-to-business’ (P2B) Regulation. The adoption of the so-called ‘general approach’ is the first key step towards the final negotiation and adoption of the Regulation by Council and the European Parliament. The European Parliament has yet to adopt its…

FTC Competition Hearings Will Focus On Privacy, Big Data Tuesday; FTC Yet to Hold Hearings on Broadband Competition and Net Neutrality

Washington — This month, the FTC resumes another round of hearings. The hearing Tuesday will focus on privacy and big data  and then algorithms and AI will be discussed the following week. The Computer & Communications Industry Association appreciates that the FTC will be considering privacy, big data, and competition and looks forward to the…

CCIA Files Response To Israel Antitrust Authority’s Request For Comments On Digital Economy

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered comments to Israeli antitrust officials today. The Israeli Antitrust Authority had requested comments about competition issues with the digitalization of the global economy. CCIA has advocated for robust competition in the tech industry since 1972. The not for profit international trade association has been concerned lately…

Google Introduces Changes to Android to Comply with Commission Competition Decision

Brussels, BELGIUM — While Google is appealing the European Commission’s Android decision, it announced changes to contractual terms today to comply with the decision. The changes will specifically address contractual terms the Commission took issue with in its decision. Starting later this month, phone makers will be able to license Google’s mobile application suite without…

FTC To Examine Tech Business Models, Acquisitions and Labor At October Hearings

Washington — The Federal Trade Commission is holding a third round of hearings October 15-17 at George Mason University. Witnesses will weigh in on how existing regulations apply to multi-sided business models, digital economy employment and valuing mergers of digital services when the products offered to consumers are free. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…