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On Thursday, March 22, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) will host an industry roundtable, Applying the Antitrust Laws to Digital Platforms. Digital platforms encompass ecosystems for providing multiple and linked services. They allow networks of participants to connect, interact, and create and share the value from a variety of online activities. Platforms can be centered on advertising, e-commerce, digital goods, and more.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) filed an amicus brief in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals urging the court not to allow copyrights on industry-standard software interfaces to be used to lock consumers into a dominant firm’s product line. 

Twenty years ago, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) started the movement for a progressive approach to antitrust enforcement and policy. AAI continues to be the leader in the progressive space and is highly regarded for its independent and expert analysis of competition issues. It has a major impact on competition enforcement and policy, shaping outcomes that promote markets, innovation, and benefits for consumers.

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a controversial 3-2 party-line vote, chose to repeal net neutrality rules. As part of this rollback, it also reclassified internet service providers (ISPs) as Title I “information services” rather than Title II “telecommunications services.” The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules contravenes the agency’s important public interest mandate and will likely lead to anticompetitive and anti-consumer outcomes. Repeal places an unreasonable burden on antitrust enforcement to police anticompetitive, anti-consumer conduct by dominant ISPs. It also dissolves the partnership between sector regulation and antitrust enforcement that has been vital for promoting competition and innovation on the internet. AAI’s commentary explains the issues and their implications here.

Throughout 2017, AAI carried out extensive research, education, and advocacy initiatives. AAI’s work has meaningful and demonstrated impact by facilitating pro-competitive and pro-consumer outcomes in the enforcement and policy arenas. We look forward to serving the public in 2018 as we extend important existing programs and take on new issues.