The Hill: Action to Break Up ‘Big Tech’ Will Mean Price Hikes

It is evident that the Senate bill under consideration would “create more problems than it solves,” especially under the current economic uncertainty. As elections approach, Congress should consider addressing issues that consumers and voters care about, like inflation, and not destroy the competitive online marketplace that offers consumers more options at lower prices. Prioritizing legislation that consumers […]

Focus on Antitrust Ignores Voters’ Biggest Worries

The United States Congress is arguably the most powerful deliberative body on the planet. The decisions taken, and sometimes not taken, in the House of Representatives and Senate have the power to shape and reshape people’s lives, not just in America but across the world. With this great power, however, comes the greater responsibility of […]

Inside Sources: New Developments on the Antitrust Front

Consumers and small businesses should be alarmed by the increased probability that AICOA could become law. Not only would self-preferencing be prohibited, a practice that provides consumers with the opportunity to buy goods at the lowest price, but businesses could find it harder to access the millions of consumers who shop on online platforms every day. The […]

New Report Raises Concerns Over Congressional Action to Alter Antitrust Laws and Limit Self-Preferencing

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a policy brief highlighting the potential impact the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) would have on big tech. This brief comes in response to the growing prominence of techlash in America and Congress’ consideration of bills that seek to ban and/or limit self-preferencing for select categories […]

The Economic Standard: Antitrust Shows That Bad Policy Is Bipartisan

Antitrust reform is a rare example of bipartisanship. Unfortunately, this consensus radically increases the odds of Congress passing onerous and unnecessary regulations that would unduly burden large tech companies and risk the consumer benefits they provide. Despite these benefits, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has assumed the mantle of Congress’s top trustbuster, leading legislative efforts to […]

ACI Files Comments with FTC and DOJ on Their Request for Information on Merger Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) are seeking information on how the agencies can modernize enforcement of the antitrust laws regarding mergers. Today, ACI filed its comments for this request for Information — available here.

The American Consumer Institute Releases Policy Brief Highlighting the Importance of Mergers and Acquisitions

Washington, DC – Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a policy brief highlighting the importance of mergers and acquisitions to the tech ecosystem. This brief comes in response to the growing prominence of techlash in America and Congress’ consideration of bills that seek to limit mergers and acquisitions and fundamentally alter how the industry […]

Antitrust Legislation Unfairly Targets Big Tech and its Customers

For anyone using a myriad of technological innovations to shop, chat, or stream entertainment, the benefits of mergers are in the palm of their hands. Instagram photos are shared easily to Facebook, Amazon delivers groceries straight from Whole Foods, and Android phones work seamlessly with Google. Unfortunately, however, current proposals to rewrite antitrust laws would […]

American Consumer Institute Finds Current Efforts to Target Large Tech Firms May Harm Consumers

Today, the American Consumer Institute released a ConsumerGram that discusses the recent push to revise and create stricter antitrust laws that target dominant technology companies. The ConsumerGram outlines the economic thinking on competition and market concentration, and it discusses the widespread beliefs among mainstream economists that market concentration and structure are not necessarily sufficient to […]

The Economic Standard: Antitrust Legislation Needs to Weigh the Benefits of Big Tech

While hostile rhetoric towards big tech dominates political discussions, lawmakers should consider what is at stake if overregulation harms current industries. Tech companies add enormous benefits to consumers, create millions of jobs, and contribute trillions to the national GDP. Before changing current antitrust laws, lawmakers need to consider the societal benefits of these companies. Lawmakers […]