Public policies structure markets in ways that can make them open and competitive at one extreme or closed and cornered at the other. The most familiar example are anti-trust laws. But competition policy also includes patent laws, occupational licensing requirements, prohibitions on price discrimination, “net neutrality” regulations, and other policies that set the terms of competition within any market.
The New York Times’ Marc Tracy covers the LSC/Quad merger and the U.S. Department of Justice’s move to file suit against it. He cites a letter submitted to the DOJ earlier in the Spring by Open Markets, the Authors Guild and the PEN America against the merger demanding the government act to protect the free press.
The New York Times’ David Streitfeld writes that big tech’s power has regulators and scholars, such as those of Open Markets, trying to reverse years of established doctrine. He also describes how anti-monopoly reformers are in ascendance and speaks with Open Markets’ Executive Director Barry Lynn about anti-monopoly law and its history.
Open Markets senior fellow Matt Stoller talks to Business Insider’s Linette Lopez about the latest round of hearings by the House Antitrust Subcommittee. Lopez highlights that for the first time in a generation, Washington is questioning what it means to protect American Capitalism. “There’s an increasingly powerful bipartisan view of anti-trust,” Stoller told her.
Bloomberg’s Joshua Brustein profiles Rep. David Cicilline, Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, and speaks to Open Markets Deputy Director Sarah Miller about the official congressional antitrust inquiry scrutinizing big tech corporations and how it “provides a channel for uncovering so much material” that makes clear antitrust enforcement is necessary.