Speeches

E-Commerce: Tomorrow's Economy -Taxing and Regulating The Old Fashion Way

Remarks before the Georgia Public Policy Forum

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By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Before addressing the topic of protecting consumers in cyberspace and the issues of Internet taxation and regulation of online privacy, it might be helpful to share with you a couple of personal thoughts gained from my years of experience as a federal official. First and foremost, I am convinced that our Founding Fathers had it right: government should play only a minimal role in our lives, and for good reason. I believe it was Will Rogers who once observed and said it best: "All government programs have three things in common: a beginning, a middle, and no end."

Enforcement Cooperation

Lex Mundi

Atlanta, GA

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By: 
Debra A. Valentine, Former General Counsel

* Just as business activity has globalized, antitrust enforcement has globalized as well. Indeed, about half of the Commission's full merger investigations -- that small but important subset of filings that go to a second request -- have an international component. That international aspect could be a foreign-based party, essential information located abroad, or a foreign asset that is critical to an effective remedy, but it is increasingly there.

* Whereas 10 years ago, only about 20 countries had competition laws, today over 80 do.

Testimony

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Communications

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By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee on Communications, I am delighted to be here this morning, and I appreciate your holding this hearing today to address a topic of extreme importance to the American people. I will speak briefly about online privacy protection.

Cyberspace and the FTC: Some Current Matters of Interest

Address to the National Conference on State Legislatures

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By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

I. The Internet Economy

Last month, the University of Texas, backed by Cisco Systems, introduced a study of the current status of electronic commerce -- one of the very first attempts to measure the Internet economy. According to the Cisco study, the Internet economy generated an estimated $301 billion in revenue in 1998 and was responsible for over 1.2 million jobs. (These estimates are based on worldwide sales of Internet-related products and services by U.S.- based companies.)

Testimony

The U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection

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By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection, I am delighted to be here this morning, and I appreciate your holding this hearing today to address a topic of extreme importance to the American people.

Address

Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce

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By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

It is a pleasure to be with you this afternoon. As is always the case for Federal Trade Commissioners, it is important for me to note that my comments today are my own and in no way represent the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.

Thank you, Governor Gilmore, for allowing me to participate in this important discussion. Also, thanks to all the other members of the Commission for dedicating your time and efforts to this important endeavor.

Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission Concerning H.R. 1304 the "Quality Health-Care Coalition Act of 1999"

The Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives

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By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

Mr. Chairman, the Federal Trade Commission thanks you and the members of the Committee for inviting us again this year to present the Commission's views on a proposed antitrust exemption to allow physicians and other health care professionals to engage in collective bargaining with health plans.

Remarks

The Plenary Session of the Annual Meeting of The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, Bally's Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada

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By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

I. INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS

A. I appreciate the invitation to address your Society on how oil industry mergers and acquisitions will affect your profession in coming years. My remarks today are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.

Address

the Direct Marketing Association Government Affairs Conference

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By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

It's a pleasure to be with you this afternoon. Before I begin my discussion about online privacy regulation and the recent FTC case against TouchTone, let me begin by telling you a little about my personal beliefs about the role of government.(1)

Antitrust in a Global High-Tech Economy

American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Women Rainmakers and The Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, The 8th National Forum for Women Corporate Counsel, The Westin Grand Hotel

Washington, D.C.

Date:
By: 
Debra A. Valentine, Former General Counsel

There is nothing constant except change. Not surprisingly then, my topic today is the challenges that you and I face in addressing competition problems in this fast-changing global, high tech economy. Somewhat surprisingly, however, I would like to start my discussion with some numbers that are designed to illustrate that change. I used to think that numbers were boring - probably because my father had an advanced degree in mathematics. I am still not convinced that numbers are sexy, but they can be stunning.

Report from the Bureau of Competition

The ABA Spring Meeting

Washington, D.C.Ê

Date:
By: 
William J. Baer, Former Director

I. Introduction

Good morning, and thanks for inviting me back for my fourth report from the Bureau of Competition. This year, as in the past, my intent is to discuss a good portion of what has transpired on the antitrust side of the FTC over the last year or so.(1)

The State Tobacco Settlements and Antitrust

The American Bar Association Antitrust Spring Meeting, Omni Hotel

Washington, D.C.

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By: 
Jeremy Bulow, Former Director

I'm new to the FTC, new to antitrust litigation, and new to all of you. And, as I understand it, I'm not allowed to talk about anything we're working on right now. So Paul, Phil, and I agreed that the best thing was simply for me to talk about something I actually know a little about, hopefully somewhat related to antitrust, as a way for you to get to know me a bit.

Address

The Association for Computing Machinery "Computers, Freedom + Privacy 1999" ConferenceÊ

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By: 
Mozelle W. Thompson, Former Commissioner

I. Greeting and Introduction

Good morning. I am pleased to be here today to speak at this important conference where you will hear from so many creative, committed people talking about a subject directly related to America's future - high technology.

In considering the title of this conference, "Computers, Freedom and Privacy," I am also pleased that we are, in the same breath, talking about important principles concerning freedom, privacy, and individual rights since those principles form the foundation for the strength America has today.

A Big Stick, a Keen Eye, and Some Help from Our Friends

The American Advertising FederationÊ

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By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

I'm delighted to be here this morning to talk about the FTC's advertising program.

I. Introduction

The FTC is a very busy place these days, but the Commission's national advertising program is one that is important both to the agency and to me personally. In fact, I'm becoming famous with the staff for my weekend ad monitoring activities. Lee Peeler probably drives in every Monday morning thinking "I wonder what she came up with this weekend."

Presentation

The International Conference on Consumer Policy sponsored by the Japanese Economic Planning AgencyÊ

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By: 
Mozelle W. Thompson, Former Commissioner

Consumer protection plays a vital role in a free market economy. The exercise of informed choice by consumers in making purchase decisions is critical in determining the prices at which sellers will offer goods and services and what goods and services will succeed in the marketplace. The more fully and accurately consumers are informed, the better they will be able to make purchase decisions that reflect their individual preferences and needs.

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