Stopped At The State Line
from the preventing-competiton-or-good-regulation? dept
One of the reasons (though, perhaps not an accurate one) why the various online wine sellers claimed they went out of business was the various state laws that prevent shipping wine into certain states. Wine sellers say that these laws are designed to unfairly protect local businesses, while supporters of the laws say they're necessary to keep teenagers from ordering alcohol delivered to their front door. There are various other similar state laws that prevent shipping things like contact lenses or granting loans and mortgages online. These state laws are quite annoying to both online resellers, and many potential customers in those states, and so the FTC is holding hearings to discuss whether or not these sorts of laws harm competition. As with many technology related issues these days, it seems that support for the commission doesn't follow party lines at all.