PublishedOctober 19, 2017

Simons Nominated To Lead FTC

Washington — The administration has announced two nominees to fill out the Federal Trade Commission — DC antitrust attorney Joe Simons to lead the FTC and Rohit Chopra to fill the Democratic slot. President Trump’s spokeswoman confirmed that Senator Cornyn’s chief counsel Noah Phillips is expected to be the third nominee. The FTC has been down three members with two current commissioners — Republican Maureen Ohlhausen and Democrat Terrell McSweeny running the agency.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported open competition for 45 years and has supported regulators in cases involving IBM,  AT&T and others over the years. The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“We are pleased that these appointments will enable the FTC to continue its high quality work and enforcement efforts, which have achieved great benefits for consumers over the years.”

“CCIA looks forward to working with a fully staffed FTC as it pursues its many important efforts to protect consumers, including on crucial issues such as identity theft, enforcing antitrust law to protect consumers from harm, and reining in patent trolls that increasingly abuse patents to target all types of businesses, and even those who merely buy products.”

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