The Evolving Internet and the Net Neutrality Debate

In our rapidly changing digital landscape, the debate over net neutrality has once again taken center stage. However, as we navigate the intricacies of today’s digital world, it becomes increasingly evident that net neutrality is a concept whose time has passed, or, more accurately, one that technology has outgrown. On October 19, the Federal Communications [...]

The Case Against Breaking Up Amazon: Embracing Innovation and Consumer Choice

Is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) really out to break up Amazon? If so, it may be one of the greatest ideology-over-reason triumphs in American history. At stake are Amazon Prime, retail shopping driven by artificial intelligence (AI), and other past and future Amazon innovations that Americans love and depend on. Also at stake is [...]

Why Have Merger Guidelines? A Closer Look at the Department of Justice and FTC Proposed Changes, Part I

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made headlines in July with their proposed merger guidelines. The guidelines are significant departures from previous practices, reflecting the ideological and power structure changes the Biden administration has brought to the agencies. If implemented, the proposed guidelines will increase political risk for businesses and lower [...]

Where’s the Broadband Money Going? Highlights from an Expert Panel Discussion on Broadband Development Evaluation

On May 24, 2023, AEI hosted a virtual panel of experts to discuss what states and the federal government should avoid and aim for when allocating the billions of dollars allotted for bringing internet to more Americans. Read the full transcript of Dr. Jamison’s panel discussion at AEI.

The FTC Is Attacking Dark Patterns but Missing the Biggest Abusers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is going after Amazon for allegedly using dark patterns to keep people subscribed to Amazon Prime, presumably against their wills. Dark patterns are “practices … that can trick or manipulate consumers into buying products or services or giving up their privacy,” according to an FTC report. The practices are effective [...]