Russia: Google banned briefly, over 2016 tax ruling

Russia: Google banned briefly, over 2016 tax ruling

Google was briefly banned by Moscow’s internet watchdog Thursday over a website at the center of a June 2016 federal tax ruling, Russian media reported. The web address for Google’s Russian language portal, Google.ru, appeared for about three hours Thursday afternoon on a blacklist maintained by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal internet and media regulator, in connection […]

US: AT&T, Time Warner offer merger details to quell senators’ concerns

US: AT&T, Time Warner offer merger details to quell senators’ concerns

AT&T and Time Warner have offered a response to a group of Democratic senators concerned about the companies’ proposed $85 billion merger. In a letter, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes outlined how the transaction will benefit consumers and promote competition. In particular, the companies said that the merger will help […]

Digitalization Revolutionizes The Economy – And The Work Of Competition Authorities

Digitalization Revolutionizes The Economy – And The Work Of Competition Authorities

By Andreas Mundt – Digitalization is revolutionizing all sectors of the economy. This is a challenging development not only for the business community but also for competition authorities. Digitalization and the competitive assessment of the global Internet giants are currently one of the most important issues for competition authorities around the world. There are many new […]

The Emerging High-Court Jurisprudence On The Antitrust Analysis Of Multisided Platforms

The Emerging High-Court Jurisprudence On The Antitrust Analysis Of Multisided Platforms

By David S. Evans – Between September 2014 and September 2016 high courts in multiple jurisdictions released five decisions that address applying competition law to matchmakers that operate virtual or physical platforms for connecting multiple groups of customers. The decisions rely, directly or indirectly, on the economic literature on multisided platforms that commenced around 2000. The […]

Coordinating Policies To Realize Benefits From The Digital Economy: The Case Of Mexico

Coordinating Policies To Realize Benefits From The Digital Economy: The Case Of Mexico

By Martin E. Cave & Ernesto Flores-Roux – The degree to which digitization has penetrated most sectors of the economy makes it extremely difficult to quantify its reach. Can we clearly separate brick and mortar business and digital activity? Can we isolate digital advances in typical technological industries from those that apply in less affected industries? […]

Geo-Blocking Between Competition Law And Regulation

Geo-Blocking Between Competition Law And Regulation

By Giorgio Monti & Gonçalo Coelho – The Digital Agenda is one of the key pillars of the EU’s industrial policy. One of its aims is to strengthen the creation of a single market and one of the issues that the Commission proposes to tackle is geo-blocking. This article outlines the Commission’s regulatory efforts to enhance […]

Platform regulation — ex-ante versus ex-post intervention: evolving our antitrust tools and practices to meet the challenges

Alex Chisholm & Nelson Jung, March 20, 2016 The rapid change in the economic environment, in particular the growth of the digital economy, poses challenges for competition authorities and policymakers alike: what are the key considerations that should inform the approach to intervention in such a fast moving sector? Joseph Schumpeter showed that great historical […]

Price Restrictions in Multi-sided Platforms: Practices and Responses

Benjamin Edelman, Julian Wright, Jan 30, 2015 In connecting buyers to sellers, some two-sided platforms require that sellers offer their lowest prices through the platform, disallowing lower prices for direct sales or sales through competing platforms. In this article, we explore the various contexts where such restrictions have arisen, then consider effects on competition, entry, […]

Let the Right “One” Win: Policy Lessons from the New Economics of Platforms

Glen Weyl, Alexander White, Jan 30, 2015 Many of the leading controversies in competition policy in the last two decades, especially those surrounding the Microsoft case, reflect the challenges posed by platform industries. Unfortunately, too often economists and policymakers have drawn the wrong lessons when thinking about such industries. Central to our analysis is a […]

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