The Google policy blog has this excellent post explaining the “blocking premium” and “incumbent discount” concepts in bidding. I’ve sprinkled pieces of this in variuous posts, but this really lays it out nicely in one place.
Today, the @FTC released a report on the Right to Repair.
The report reinforces growing concerns that many companies are scamming the public and contributing to environmental waste by making it tougher to repair electronics and equipment. https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2021/05/ftc-report-congress-examines-anti-competitive-repair-restrictions
To attack this problem, the @FTC must step up its enforcement of laws that are already on the books.
I also expect that the FTC's #RightToRepair report will advance efforts to enact laws that rein in anticompetitive chokeholds in repair markets. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-06/right-to-repair-movement-gains-momentum-as-states-consider-bills
As the @freepress report out today shows, BLS data shows the quality-adjusted prices people actually pay went UP after the #TitleII repeal. The FCC data USTelecom spins uses published (but rarely charged) "rack rates," not what you and I really pay. #digitaldivide #SubCommTech