How regulation is used to stifle competition

Established companies regularly try to misuse government regulations — intended to protect consumers — to stop new and innovative competitors.

By Jeffrey Cole

Almost no one would argue that some governmental regulation is not only necessary, but in many instances desirable. Even the most rigid limited-government conservative would not buy a car that did not meet governmental standards or fly on an airline that is not regulated.

We can argue about how much regulation is too much and what is the proper balance between no regulation and excessive interference. What concerns me is not too little or too much regulation, but, rather, when regulation is used to stifle competition and innovation. These kinds of regulations are usually encouraged by established businesses trying to protect their industries and keep more innovative newcomers out. . .(more)

Web Insight: do liberals and conservatives differ in their views about government regulation of the internet?

Each week we examine a new issue to clarify how the world uses digital technology today — and how it will change tomorrow.

Our current topic comes from findings in Digital Future Study conducted by the Center: how are beliefs about government regulation of the internet affected by political stance?

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Center report explores the future of transportation

The Center has unveiled a first-of-its-kind study on the future of transportation — a project that explores the spectrum of American behavior and views about their cars, public transit, reasons to give up driving, new competitors in the automobile industry, distracted driving, and the arrival of self-driving cars.

“Most research covers the transportation revolution from an industry perspective, but our new study focuses on the actual behavior and attitudes of the U.S. population,” said Brad Berens, chief strategy officer for the center and project lead for the study.

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The 42-page Future of Transportation Study explores more than 100 issues involving behavior and views about cars, their alternatives, and emerging needs for technology,

Center for the Digital Future releases 15th annual report on the impact of digital technology in the U.S.

The 152-page “Surveying the Digital Future” includes findings on more than 160 issues, among them: the importance of the internet in political campaigns, government regulation and the internet, online buying and effects on retail shopping, personal freedom online, privacy and personal security, and negative attention (bullying and sexual harassment).

More about the report here.

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Center director Jeff Cole explores "cutting the cord"

Center director Jeffrey Cole highlights the unbundling of content from cable providers, pricing models, and new consumer behavior at 2015 annual leadership meeting of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

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