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Antitrust and Trade Regulation


Antitrust Magazine's Dedication of this issue to business-to-business electronic marketplaces (B2Bs) could hardly have been more timely, B2Bs connect businesses via the Internet, and they exemplify both how technology enables business to collaborate in new ways and how the impulse to collaborate drives development of new technology.

As this issue of Antitrust demonstrates, there is immense anticipation of how antitrust law will address the questions B2Bs pose. Businesspeople, legal scholars, technologists, economists, and others who know the B2B terrain debated many potential antitrust issues during the Federal Trade Commission's public workshop on B2Bs in June 2000,' and the staff of the FTC issued a report in October 2000 discussing the issues addressed during the workshop. This article reflects and draws on that discussion.