Posts by: Mark Jamison

Biden’s broadband plan would waste $100 billion

Public Utility Research Center Director and Gunter Professor Mark Jamison argues that President Biden’s proposed strategies related to broadband in his American Jobs Plan have already been tested and don’t work. Read more of Jamison’s reasoning in this opinion piece from The Hill.

Antitrust cases could be bad for iPhone users

iPhone users are likely to be the unintended victims of some current antitrust activities: The US Department of Justice and some state attorneys general are targeting Apple’s contracts with Google. The contracts have Apple preinstalling some Google apps and making Google Search the default search engine on iPhones. Several state legislatures and the European Union [...]

What the leaked FTC memos on Google really teach us

Politico did well for itself in producing five articles based on leaked internal Federal Trade Commission (FTC) documents related to the agency’s decision not to pursue an antitrust case against Google eight years ago. (See here, here, here, here, and here.) The articles tell a story of FTC lawyers, Facebook, and Amazon warning political appointees [...]

Adam Smith’s Advice to President Biden

In his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden is demonstrating his preference for controlling other people’s money over letting them build future wealth. He had taxpayers finance a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill that has little to do with COVID relief. He’s encouraging Amazon’s employees to unionize. His green energy plans emphasize industry [...]

3 holes in the antitrust cases against Facebook

Wednesday was a tough day for 46 state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), who had filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook in December 2020. On Wednesday, they got their first taste of Facebook’s rebuttal in the form of motions to dismiss the cases (here and here). It’s not looking good for the government’s [...]