Posts by: Mark Jamison

The Unstable Footing of the European Commission’s Meta Objections

It’s hard to see who benefits from the European Commission’s (EC) latest attack on Meta. Certainly not consumers. In mid-December 2022, the EC informed Meta of the commission’s “preliminary view that the company breached EU antitrust rules by distorting competition in the markets for online classified ads.” If the EC finds Meta guilty, Meta can [...]

Rethinking Facebook’s News Feed Problems

Like you, I use multiple means for receiving and sharing information. In the past week, I’ve used my computers, smartphone, other screens, and old-fashioned in-person human interaction to communicate with tech and energy consultants, business executives, farmers, elected officials, scholars, and even artificial intelligence robots. I live in these multiple channels to have rich relationships, [...]

Telecommunications and Broadband in 2023

In March and November of 2021, Congress passed laws providing about $75 billion to expand broadband in areas of the US that either do not have it or have it inadequately, in Congress’s view. The $75 billion is to be spent over the next few years through numerous programs involving the National Telecommunications and Information [...]

Antitrust and the Federal Trade Commission in 2023

I wish I could confidently say that economics and law will drive antitrust in 2023, but I cannot. Tech antitrust cases pursued in the US and Europe in 2021 and 2022 have been poorly conceived and built on weak factual and economic foundations. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) leadership is seeking to turn the agency away [...]

New Evidence That the Open App Markets Act Would Harm App Developers and Innovation

Rumor has it that sponsors of the Open App Markets Act (OAMA) are rushing the legislation through Congress before the end of the current session. I won’t speculate on why the sponsors are in a hurry. But I will challenge their claims that the smartphone and app industries need a regulatory rescue, even if the [...]