ACI Letter to U.S. Senate: Proposed Antitrust Legislation Will Harm Consumers and Small Businesses

Dear Senators, As longtime advocates for policies that increase consumer choice, boost competition, and protect consumers, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a 501(c)(3) non-partisan research and educational institute, has analyzed and highlighted numerous times the negative effects the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S. 2992) would have on consumer and […]

The Economic Standard: British Antitrust Reforms are Bad Example for U.S.

With antitrust reform front and center of American politics, it’s easy to ignore the global effort to rein in big tech companies. However, much like the United States, the United Kingdom has taken steps to reform its antitrust laws and enforcement agencies in a manner that codifies ‘big is bad’ and ignores the myriad of […]

Town Hall: U.S. Should Not Follow Europe’s Antitrust Approach

Given the shared desire in Washington and Brussels to rein in big tech, it seems almost inevitable that both governments will weaponize antitrust further to rein in big tech and score political points at home. Yet, while Europe is much further along in this process, particularly with the likely passage of the Digital Markets Act, […]

Town Hall: DOJ Gets a New Anti-Consumer Trustbuster

The confirmation of Jonathan Kanter to lead the DOJ’s antitrust division completes a progressive takeover of antitrust enforcement. Kanter’s past views and activities in the realm of antitrust provide further evidence that Washington will continue its assault on big tech and enshrine big is bad into law. Unfortunately, moving away from the consumer welfare standard […]

Tech Bill Could Harm Consumers and Small Businesses

In Washington’s continuing war on big tech, another proposal has emerged from the U.S. Senate that seeks to reform antitrust enforcement. Similarly to other proposals that emerged from the halls of Congress, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICO), recently introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar, would not only serve to inflict substantial on the […]

Townhall: Senate Antitrust Bill Is Bad for Consumers and Small Businesses

For American consumers and big tech, the war against them continues. Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, led by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), introduced the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) that would significantly change America’s antitrust laws in a way that would profoundly harm consumers. AICOA’s proponents claim the bill would “restore competition online by […]

Real Clear Policy: Antitrust Bill Will Undermine Competition & Choice

Rather than creating a punitive regulatory environment, lawmakers would be wise to craft legislation that incentivizes tech platforms to compete and innovate with each other, so that consumers are able to reap the significant benefits tech platforms can provide. Not doing so will only represent Washington’s failure to protect consumers. This full article can be […]

The Economic Standard: Big Tech’s Big Consumer Wins

Over the past year, lawmakers in Washington and State Capitols have criticized big tech’s business practices, alleging self-preferencing, pre-installing apps, and data collection practices amount to violations of America’s antitrust laws. Yet, few have given much consideration to the numerous consumer benefits generated by the industry. Rather than simply focusing on market definitions and an […]

Real Clear Policy: Empowering States Won’t Help Consumers

While advocates of the State Venue Enforcement Act claim it will ensure fairness, they fail to consider how the bill will empower attorneys general to weaponize antitrust laws to satisfy partisan desires and force big tech platforms into expensive lawsuits that will hamper innovation and potentially force them to charge more for goods and services. […]

Inside Sources: House Bill Will Kill The Tech Ecosystem

When considering whether larger companies should be allowed to acquire smaller competitors, lawmakers should abandon the immediate presumption that “big is bad.” Instead, they should understand that acquisitions can support innovation, the broader economy, consumer welfare, and a competitive marketplace. Instead of deferring to a “big is bad” mentality, policymakers should recognize this reality and […]