WASHINGTON—Ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee debating this Thursday the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, issued the following statement from Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of the Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy:
Lawmakers should postpone marking up the American Innovation and Choice Online Act and reflect on its numerous unintended consequences.
The Klobuchar-Grassley bill proposes size, not conduct, as the main criteria to assess anti-competitive practices. The bill also ignores the consumer welfare standard as a principle of antitrust analysis.
In addition, this bill creates unfair competition and harms consumers by limiting online platforms’ capacity to innovate and, as a consequence, offer consumers better and more price-competitive products.
The Senate Judiciary Committee should try and fix these and other problems associated with the bill before approving it.
For more on this issue, see:
- Aurelien Portuese, “‘Please, Help Yourself’: Toward a Taxonomy of Self-Preferencing”, (ITIF Report, October 2021);
- Julie Carlson, “Senate Hearing Offers a Misguided Approach to Big Tech and Innovation”, (Innovation Files, December 15, 2021).