The Federal Trade Commission testified in front of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law on antitrust enforcement’s role on net neutrality. Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny both filed a written testimony on behalf of the commission and provided separate oral statements to the subcommittee. The testimony states the FTC does not have authority over common carrier activities, with the agency losing the ability to monitor broadband providers following a 2015 ruling by the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify them to a Title II common carrier service. The FTC’s testimony said their agency has the expertise in antitrust issues raised by net neutrality concerns, despite the debate focusing on the FCC’s role in the matter.
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