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What: A public workshop to explore possible anticompetitive efforts to restrict competition on the Internet. While much of this regulation and conduct undoubtedly has pro-competitive and pro-consumer rationales, the restrictions may impose costs on consumers that, according to some estimates, may exceed $15 billion annually. The complete agenda, including a list of scheduled panelists and their affiliations, is available at
Where: Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. - Room 432
Washington, D.C. 20580
Who: More than 70 representatives of industry, academia, state and federal government agencies, and independent public policy organizations, discussing possible e-commerce barriers in ten different industries.

October 8-10

October 8

9:00-9:10 AM: Remarks from Chairman Timothy J. Muris
9:15-10:45 AM: Overview Panel: Legal and Economic Perspectives
11:00-11:10 AM: Remarks from Dr. Randall Kroszner, White House Council of Economic Advisors
11:15 AM-12:45 PM: Overview Panel: Industry Perspectives LUNCH
2:00-3:45 PM: Wine Sales, moderated by Commissioner Orson Swindle
4:00-5:30 PM: Cyber-Charter Schools

October 9

9:00-10:30 AM: Contact Lenses
10:40 AM-10:45 PM: Remarks from Commissioner Thomas B. Leary
10:45 AM-12:15 PM: Automobiles LUNCH
1:15-2:45 PM: Caskets
3:00- 4:30 PM: Online Legal Services
4:45-6:15 PM: Health Care (Telemedicine and Online Pharmaceutical Sales)

October 10

9:00-10:30 AM: Auctions
10:45-12:30 PM: Real Estate / Mortgages / Financial Services, moderated by Commissioner Mozelle W. Thompson LUNCH
2:00-2:10 PM: Remarks from Commissioner Sheila F. Anthony
2:15-3:45 PM: Retailing
4:00-5:30 PM: State Attorneys General
5:30-5:40 PM: Concluding Remarks from Ted Cruz, Director, FTC Office of Policy Planning


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