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Open Markets and Eight Other Public Interest Groups Demand FTC Block Google’s Fitbit Acquisition

Ahead of the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing today on the perspectives of the antitrust agencies on tech monopolies, and in light of the news of Google’s undisclosed partnership with one of the largest health care systems in the United States, the Open Markets Institute along with eight other public interest groups are demanding that the Federal Trade Commission block Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit. 

November 13, 2019  |  by Open Markets
USDA Greenlights Contentious Chinese Chicken Imports Following News of Poultry Trade Deal

Open Markets Food & Power reporter Claire Kelloway covers how after U.S. and Chinese trade officials reached a deal to lift China’s five-year ban on U.S. poultry imports, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) submitted a final rule permitting China to export chicken to the U.S. from birds raised and slaughtered in China for the first time in the agency’s history. She argues that the only clear winners in this grand bargain are multinational meatpackers that can profit from selling the lowest cost poultry, no matter where it came from.

November 8, 2019  |  by Open Markets
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Open Markets: FCC’s T-Mobile/Sprint Approval “Massive Enforcement Failure”

“While the FCC’s rubber-stamp of the merger is disappointing but not surprising, the group of states challenging the merger in New York next month represents our best hope of protecting our markets and making up for this massive enforcement failure,” said Open Markets Reporter and Researcher Matt Buck

November 5, 2019  |  by Open Markets
Facebook’s News Tab Only Tightens Its Grip on Journalism and Democracy

Last Friday, Facebook announced Facebook News,  a tab for personalized news articles on the Facebook App. The feature includes content from 200 publishers, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, and BuzzFeed, some of which Facebook will pay licensing rights to. Each user’s News tab will include a compilation of articles chosen by professional journalists and tailored content based on predicting user’s interests.

November 1, 2019  |  by Open Markets
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Open Markets Supports Athletes’ Antitrust Attack on NCAA Cartel

Today, the Open Markets Institute, Change To Win, the National Employment Law Project, and Professors Marshall Steinbaum, Sanjukta Paul, and Veena Dubal filed an amici curiae brief supporting current and former college basketball and football players in their antitrust suit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

October 30, 2019  |  by Open Markets

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The Open Markets Institute uses journalism to promote greater awareness of the political and economic dangers of monopolization, identifies the changes in policy and law that cleared the way for such consolidation, and fosters discussions with policymakers and citizens as to how to update America’s traditional political economic principles for our 21st century digital society.

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Monopoly power is all around us: as consumers, business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, and citizens. Due to extreme concentrations of wealth and political power, our country is experiencing severe economic inequality, stagnant household income, the collapse of business formation and innovation, and historic levels of political polarization. Our Concentration Crisis Report shows that such concentration is not unique to one or two economic sectors. It is persistent across a diverse range of industries.