Coalition: Protect the Consumer Welfare Standard

Today, ACI joined a group of organizations and prominent scholars to warn Congress not to change the current consumer welfare standard for conducting antitrust enforcement. That standard tests whether consumers benefit or lose from changes in market efficiency, quality and price, and it is used to determine if antitrust actions are needed. Today’s coalition letter […]

Upcoming Webinar: Why We Need to Preserve the Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust Policy

Wednesday, October 21st — 12:00 to 12:30 (EST) Concerns that leading technology companies are too powerful and have too much market share, thus making them inherently dangerous and harmful to consumers, have led to growing calls to break up big tech companies and to abandon the long-standing consumer welfare standard for antitrust policy. Join the […]

Don’t Let Anti-‘Big Tech’ Sentiment Overturn Time-Tested Antitrust Standards

It is reasonable to question whether the consumer welfare standard has been adequately applied to Big Tech companies, and whether some of their practices may unfairly handicap potential competitors — though, for now, the evidence for that charge is thin. What is not productive is to advocate for a return to the “big is bad” […]

The Economic Standard: Debunking “Big is Bad” — The Economics of Big Tech

Though calls to break up “Big Tech” — Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook — have intensified over the last few years, the logic behind the movement is as tenuous as ever. From the perspective of consumer welfare, the standard that has guided competition policy in the U.S. for nearly half a century, there’s good reason to think […]

Incoming Railroad Regulators Have a Chance to Save Billions in Consumer Benefits

The U.S. Senate seems poised to confirm three new members to the five-person Surface Transportation Board (STB), the agency responsible for regulating our nation’s railroads, including companies like CSX and Norfolk Southern in Pennsylvania. These nominations have been stalled for months, diminishing the STB’s ability to fulfill its mission to help ensure the free flow […]

Occupational Licensing Isn’t About Public Safety, It’s About Soaking Consumers

Consumers pay more than $200 billion per year in higher prices caused by occupational licensing regulations. And what do they get in return? Not much. Occupational licensing laws make it illegal to enter an occupation without the state’s seal of approval. They are ostensibly meant to protect the public from low-quality and unsafe services by […]

Daily Caller: ITC Could Make Smartphones A Lot More Expensive

Qualcomm has asked the International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation of some Apple smartphones that use the chips of its competitors. The issue stems from a patent dispute between Qualcomm, a maker of baseband processor chipsets used in many popular electronic devices, and Apple, a manufacturer of these devices. Now, a new report […]

ACI in The Hill: Internet Regs Will Harm Consumers

This month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will likely approve net neutrality rules which will, for the first time, impose significant federal regulatory authority on Internet services and over Internet Service Providers (ISPs). After nearly a decade of intense clamoring by advocacy groups, who have called for a “free” and “neutral” and “open” Internet, net […]

ACI Experts Write on Innovation in the Media Law & Policy Journal

Professor Joseph P. Fuhr Jr. and Dr. Larry F. Darby published an article in the Media Law & Policy Journal of the New York Law School — Innovation and National Broadband Policies: Facts, Fiction and Unanswered Questions in the Net Neutrality Debate.

Finding Effective Competition: A Look at the Wireless Telecommunications Market

The FCC will soon be releasing its annual report on wireless competition.  One key question, of course, is whether the market is competitive.  Proponents of regulation seem to believe that consumers are automatically endangered when there are only a few competitors.  But accepted economic literature and empirical research finds no evidence that market concentration, by […]