At long last, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is complete with a full roster of commissioners. The Senate unanimously confirmed Chairman Joseph Simons, Commissioner Rohit Chopra , Commissioner Noah Phillips, Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter, and Commissioner Christine Wilson.
The situation at the FTC was dire, with Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen pending confirmation to the United States Court of Federal Claims, and Terrell McSweeny’s resignation. These confirmations will make the FTC great again. The cop is back on the beat with a fresh set of commissioners who will hit the ground running.
In light of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, the FTC has once again been tasked with protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive practices of both ISPs and edge providers. The order emphasized that the FTC was the best body to address the concerns of net neutrality advocates, utilizing a large body of precedent and skills to address these issues.
The FTC will also seek to address the consumer privacy concerns. As the internet becomes an even greater part of our society, the FTC is up to the task of protecting consumers without burdening the free market.
It is exciting to see that after many years the FTC will finally be complete again. The new Commission is highly qualified and up to the task of fulfilling the FTC’s mission to prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.