How should states put federal broadband funds to use? A conversation with Sen. Deb Fischer

On April 4, AEI’s Ajit Pai hosted an event on how states can use $65 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for broadband build-out. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) emphasized that the IIJA’s priority is to connect unserved communities to the internet and recommended that individual states establish broadband offices. Watch the recorded [...]

What happens if the American Innovation and Choice Online Act becomes law?

On February 22, AEI’s Mark Jamison hosted an event on how the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) would affect consumers, the US economy, and the future of antitrust enforcement if it became law. Watch the recorded livestream of this event below or at AEI.

Examining the role of economic analysis in antitrust

Parts of the Biden administration, Federal Trade Commission, Congress, and media believe the past 40 years of consumer-oriented antirust analysis and enforcement have enabled the growth of market power and anticompetitive behavior. Members of both parties seem to newly believe that big firms are always bad, and they are advocating for less emphasis on economics [...]

How can Congress act more constructively on antitrust?

Bills targeting the business models and competitive strategies of Big Tech firms are gaining bipartisan momentum in Congress. However, the bills’ sponsors often contradict themselves, overlooking signs of healthy competition in the tech space with little regard for how their proposals would affect consumers. What are the most problematic features in these bills? And where, [...]

What lies ahead for Section 230?

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was designed to promote a competitive online ecosystem that maximizes user control while guarding against illegal activities. The law is credited with empowering unprecedented innovation, but it is also blamed for allowing Big Tech to suppress speech and avoid liability for seemingly unchecked misinformation. Proposals to reform Section [...]