With Departure of Consumer Bureau Director Jessica Rich, Future of FTC’s Commitment to Protect the Public Now Uncertain

By: Jeff Chester | Feb 8 2017

Statement of Jeff Chester, Executive Director
Center for Digital Democracy
February 7, 2017

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CDD Statement on AT&T/Time Warner Deal

By: Jeff Chester | Oct 22 2016

This proposed deal raises major challenges for consumers, subscribers and competitors.  It reflects the “Big Data” and digitally data-driven imperatives that are reshaping the U.S.

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DoJ and FCC Regulators Must Scrutinize Verizon/Yahoo deal

By: Jeff Chester | Jul 25 2016

Statement of Jeff Chester, CDD executive director:   Regulators, including the DOJ and FCC, must prevent Verizon from taking anticompetitive and unfair advantage of its broadband ISP bird’s nest view of what their subscribers and consumers do—online and off.  The  proposed takeover of Yahoo’s core digital data advertising business, when combined with the capability to gather information from its wireless devices, broadband networks, and set-top boxes, gives it control over the key screens that Americans use today.  Verizon has already supercharged its use of “Big Data” tactics to monitor th

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