The identification and measurement of market power and entry barriers, and the evaluation of collusive, exclusionary, or predatory conduct or conduct violating FTC-enforced consumer protection statutes, in markets featuring "platform" businesses #FTC-2018

Submission Number:
FTC-2018-0050-D-0028
Commenter:
Gigi Sohn
State:
District of Columbia
Initiative Name:
The identification and measurement of market power and entry barriers, and the evaluation of collusive, exclusionary, or predatory conduct or conduct violating FTC-enforced consumer protection statutes, in markets featuring "platform" businesses
I am submitting a recent article I wrote for the Georgetown Law Tech Review entitled "A Policy Framework for an Open Internet Ecosystem." In the article I argue that both large online platforms and broadband Internet access providers require greater government oversight to ensure a free, open and universally accessible and affordable Internet that promotes choice, innovation, privacy, and user control. My recommendations are set out in 5 categories: 1) regulatory authority; 2) privacy; 3) competition; 4) accessibility and affordability and 5) transparency.