American Consumers Reject Government Intervention in Tech:  “Let Us Pick Internet Platform Winners and Losers,” New NetChoice Research Finds

AMERICAN CONSUMERS REJECT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN TECH:  “LET US PICK INTERNET PLATFORM WINNERS AND LOSERS,” NEW NETCHOICE RESEARCH FINDS

Just 5% Say Regulators Should Focus Anti-Competitive Enforcement on Tech

Americans Prefer Interest-Based Ads Over Paying for Content By a 3-1 Margin

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018, Washington, DC – State and federal legislators on both sides of the aisle have called for more regulation of the technology industry. However, new research from NetChoice shows that Americans want a light regulatory touch for tech companies, believing that consumer spending and online surfing habits should be the ultimate means of ensuring competition and consumer choice.

According to a survey* of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers conducted by Zogby Analytics, only 5% said that regulators should focus anti-competitive enforcement on the tech industry. Only 10% think the government should prevent successful online businesses from acquiring other companies.

“There is a disconnect between American consumers and the anti-tech community,” said Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice. “Americans prefer to make their own decisions rather than having a heavy-handed government determine what is ‘best’ for them.” Read more

President Trump’s Heat on Tech Industry Not in Sync with Americans and His Base

President Trump’s Heat on Tech Industry Not in Sync with Americans and His Base

New Polling Shows by a 7-to-1 margin Republicans believe online regulation would harm consumer freedom and choice on the internet

Washington, D.C., August 29, 2018 – President Trump’s attack on America’s most popular online search provider Google along with regulatory threats from White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow are not supported by most Americans, according to new research from NetChoice.

NetChoice found that by a 7-to-1 margin, Republicans agree, rather than disagree, with the idea that online regulation would harm consumer freedom and choice on the internet.

“When the Administration says they are “taking a look” at regulating Google Search results, they really mean that they plan on regulating political speech,” said Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice.

“Forcing Google to demote critical news about President Trump blatantly conflicts with the first amendment and endangers all forms of online expression. Businesses must be allowed to do what is best for their users.

The basic tenets of capitalism need to hold true on the Internet. Consumers pick winners and losers, not bureaucrats.”

To see NetChoice’s view on conservative concerns about social media content moderation, see here and here.

About the Polling

NetChoice commissioned research firm Zogby Analytics to conduct an interactive survey of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers from Aug. 6-8. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%. The entire survey will be publicly available in September.

The Hill – Tech’s road to economic demise is paved with good intentions

The Hill – Tech’s road to economic demise is paved with good intentions

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) recently laid out his plan to “solve” modern day tech issues. But despite his good intentions, he has proposed policies that would break down our greatest economic engine – the tech industry.

The 20-page white paper call “Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms” represents noble ideas that would result in knee-capping American innovation, promoting increased market consolidation, and undermining privacy – all while leaving the problems the paper seeks to solve unaddressed.

NetChoice Response to FTC Request for Comments on The State of Antitrust and Consumer Protection Law and Enforcement, and Their Development, Since the Pitofsky Hearings

NetChoice Response to FTC Request for Comments on The State of Antitrust and Consumer Protection Law and Enforcement, and Their Development, Since the Pitofsky Hearings

NetChoice Response to FTC Request for Comments on The Intersection Between Privacy, Big Data, and Competition

NetChoice Response to FTC Request for Comments on The Intersection Between Privacy, Big Data, and Competition

NetChoice Response to FTC Request for Comments on The Identification and Measurement of Market Power and Entry Barriers, and The Evaluation of Collusive, Exclusionary, Or Predatory Conduct or Conduct That Violates the Consumer Protection Statutes Enforced by the FTC, In Markets Featuring “Platform” Businesses

NetChoice Response to FTC Request for Comments on The Identification and Measurement of Market Power and Entry Barriers, and The Evaluation of Collusive, Exclusionary, Or Predatory Conduct or Conduct That Violates the Consumer Protection Statutes Enforced by the FTC, In Markets Featuring “Platform” Businesses

NetChoice Response to FTC Request for Comments on The Consumer Welfare Implications Associated with The Use of Algorithmic Decision Tools, Artificial Intelligence, and Predictive Analytics

NetChoice Response to FTC Request for Comments on The Consumer Welfare Implications Associated with The Use of Algorithmic Decision Tools, Artificial Intelligence, and Predictive Analytics

NetChoice Coalition Letter on California SB 1121 – Business Community Requests to be Included in AB 375

NetChoice Coalition Letter on California SB 1121 – Business Community Requests to be Included in AB 375

NetChoice Comments on New York State Board of Elections Proposed Rulemaking

NetChoice Comments on New York State Board of Elections Proposed Rulemaking 

NetChoice Veto Request for Vermont H.593 – Costly and Burdensome Double Opt-in of Auto Renewals

NetChoice Veto Request for Vermont H.593 – Costly and Burdensome Double Opt-in of Auto Renewals