Repub­li­can FTC nom­i­nees have his­to­ry of Big Tech scruti­ny

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The Sen­ate is set to begin con­sid­er­a­tion of two Repub­li­can nom­i­nees for the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion, a pair of legal experts with a his­to­ry of Big Tech skep­ti­cism.
FTC nom­i­nees Melis­sa Holyoak and Andrew Fer­gu­son will appear before the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Com­merce, Sci­ence, and Trans­porta­tion on Wednes­day, and they will be ques­tioned about their his­to­ry and plans for the FTC. The two nom­i­nees are replac­ing the agen­cy’s past Repub­li­can com­mis­sion­ers, Chris­tine Wil­son and Noah Phillips, who both stepped down last year. Their con­fir­ma­tion would ensure par­ti­san bal­ance on the five-mem­ber com­mis­sion, but they may run into road­blocks in light of FTC Chair­woman Lina Khan’s aggres­sive approach to antitrust pol­i­cy.
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Here is the back­ground on the two nomine …