News Clips

March 8, 2019
"Consumers now benefit greatly from having one Amazon, one Google, and one Facebook," Rob Atkinson told WIRED. "The goal of competition policy should be to enhance consumer welfare, not penalize companies for earning market share and operating at scale—yet that is exactly what the Warren proposal would do."
March 8, 2019
"I don't believe this will be an out-of-the-mainstream proposal in 2020,” Rob Atkinsontold the Washington Post. Calling Warren’s proposal “appalling,” he said of the tech industry’s ties to Democrats: “Not only is the honeymoon over, but they’re in divorce court.”
March 8, 2019
Rob Atkinson defended the power of big companies in the technology sector for what he described as benefits to consumers. “The Warren campaign’s call to break up big tech companies reflects a ‘big is bad, small is beautiful’ ideology run amok,” he told the New York Times. “The proposal ignores the fact that many of the services big tech companies now provide free used to cost consumers money.”
March 8, 2019
"The question is after Brexit will the EU without the U.K. try to compete with China and the U.S. or will it be the EU with a continuing relationship with the U.K.?" Daniel Castro told U.S. News & World Report. "Or will it even be that maybe the U.S., the U.K. and the EU recognize that they should be working together to compete against China?"
March 7, 2019
E&E News covered an ITIF report recommending that federal energy officials pursue collaborations that put military energy technologies to better use in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
March 6, 2019
Doug Brake told the Agence France-Presse that the proposal is an example of regulatory "overreach" and called for compromise. The bill "doesn't offer the balance a complex new platform like the internet deserves," Brake said. "It would be far better for Congress to thoughtfully design a new section of the law tailor-made for the competitive dynamics of today's broadband market."
March 4, 2019
Stephen Ezell, said calls to use march-in rights to control drug prices could allow a government entity to retroactively commandeer innovations that private-sector enterprises invested hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars to create. “That threat would significantly reduce the pace of biopharmaceutical innovation,” he told Bloomberg Law.
March 4, 2019
What’s missing is a comprehensive manufacturing strategy, Rob Atkinson told the Christian Science Monitor. Republicans push tax cuts and deregulation while Democrats favor training and public-private partnerships. “What you really want is an all-of-the above president,” he said.
March 1, 2019
"Robots are getting better, cheaper and more versatile, and therefore can be used more effectively in more industries," Rob Atkinson told Axios.
February 28, 2019
“Given the increasing ‘techlash,’ especially from the anti-monopoly left that sees large firms of any kind as suspect, it is not surprising that the FTC took this step,” Rob Atkinson told The Hill. “Hopefully the FTC will not be swayed by populist furor and instead confine itself to careful, objective analysis based on the reality that many technology markets tend toward concentration, and that this concentration is usually pro-consumer and pro-innovation.”