Why Consumers Should Oppose the Latest Senate Antitrust Actions

The U.S. Senate is considering two antitrust bills by Sen. Amy Klobuchar that would significantly harm both consumer choice and innovation. Unfortunately, these bills have been co-sponsored by members of both political parties, creating what looks like a bipartisan consensus in the Senate chamber, but not one favored by the vast majority of American consumers. Both the American Innovation and Choice Online Act and Platform Competition and Opportunity Act appear to be general antitrust regulations but are in fact targeted attacks on consumers who benefit from the services of a handful of tech companies. While there are plenty of reasons […]

Consumer Choice Radio EP63: Tech and Real Estate Boom & Bust (w/ Rachel Chiu)

-AstraZeneca and the blight of statistics -CCC Managing Director Fred Roeder on the health economics of European governments withdrawing the vaccine INTERVIEW with Young Voices contributor Rachel Chiu -The zeal for antitrust is completely forgetting the consumer -What is Big is not necessarily what is bad -The misguided quest for antitrust justice will exacerbate inequality -What Joe Biden should know about the Chinese Communist Party https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20210304/23392946371/misguided-crusade-tech-antitrust-will-exacerbate-inequality.shtml https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/02/03/chinese-communist-party-china-joe-biden-xi-jinping-column/4354942001/ Rachel Chiu (@RachelHChiu) is a Young Voices Contributor and public policy researcher. Broadcast on Sauga 960AM and Big Talker 106.7FM. Radio: https://sauga960am.ca Radio: http://bigtalkerfm.com Website: http://consumerchoiceradio.com Write to us: hello@consumerchoiceradio.com Need a VPN […]

The government’s Facebook trustbusting is a zealous takedown that harms consumers and punishes innovation

Consumer group: The government’s Facebook trustbusting is a zealous takedown that harms consumers and punishes innovation WASHINGTON, D.C — On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission issued its long-awaited lawsuit, in conjunction with attorneys general from 46 states, that aims to force Facebook to break up its popular services WhatsApp and Instagram for alleged “anticompetitive” behavior. Yaël Ossowski, deputy director of the Consumer Choice Center, a millennial consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., said the FTC’s lawsuit does more to actively harm consumers than help. “The actions by agencies of our federal and state governments to try to dismantle Facebook’s […]

Antitrust tech hearings dig for consumer harm but come up short

Armed with face masks and fresh customer complaints, members of the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law convened both virtually and in-person on Thursday, for the first of many hearings on competition in the tech sector. It was almost a six-hour marathon of gobbledygook legal turns of phrase and static-prone sessions of troubleshooting for lawmakers. The witnesses were CEOs from some of the four largest companies in America: Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Tim Cook of Apple, and Sundar Pichai of Google. Together, these companies serve billions of global consumers for a variety of needs, and have […]