ACT Applauds DOT Approval of Orbitz

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Association for Competitive Technology

    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Friday, April 13th, The U.S.
 Department of Transportation (DOT) concluded that it will not prevent the
 launch of Orbitz, the new online travel agency.  Association for Competitive
 Technology President Jonathan Zuck issued the following statement:
 
     "ACT applauds the DOT decision not to prevent Orbitz from operating or
 requiring any changes to its business model.  After reviewing all relevant
 documentation, the DOT came to the right conclusion -- that Orbitz is
 pro-competitive and consumers will be the ultimate beneficiaries.
     "More important, DOT's decision dictates that consumers, despite
 aggressive lobbying by incumbents, will judge the value of Orbitz to the
 marketplace.  ACT has always vigorously opposed the use of government
 regulation to prohibit competition on the merits of investment and innovation.
     "The DOT decision sent a message to the online travel industry that bears
 repeating across the economy:  to compete, you must continue to improve your
 technology and services, instead of trying to delay or block new competitors
 from the markets."
 
     ACT is a national education and advocacy group for the technology
 industry.  Representing mostly small- and mid-sized companies, ACT is the
 industry's strongest voice when it comes to preserving competition and
 innovation in the high tech sector.  ACT's members span the industry,
 including software developers, systems integrators, IT consulting and training
 firms, and dot-coms.
 
 

SOURCE Association for Competitive Technology
    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Friday, April 13th, The U.S.
 Department of Transportation (DOT) concluded that it will not prevent the
 launch of Orbitz, the new online travel agency.  Association for Competitive
 Technology President Jonathan Zuck issued the following statement:
 
     "ACT applauds the DOT decision not to prevent Orbitz from operating or
 requiring any changes to its business model.  After reviewing all relevant
 documentation, the DOT came to the right conclusion -- that Orbitz is
 pro-competitive and consumers will be the ultimate beneficiaries.
     "More important, DOT's decision dictates that consumers, despite
 aggressive lobbying by incumbents, will judge the value of Orbitz to the
 marketplace.  ACT has always vigorously opposed the use of government
 regulation to prohibit competition on the merits of investment and innovation.
     "The DOT decision sent a message to the online travel industry that bears
 repeating across the economy:  to compete, you must continue to improve your
 technology and services, instead of trying to delay or block new competitors
 from the markets."
 
     ACT is a national education and advocacy group for the technology
 industry.  Representing mostly small- and mid-sized companies, ACT is the
 industry's strongest voice when it comes to preserving competition and
 innovation in the high tech sector.  ACT's members span the industry,
 including software developers, systems integrators, IT consulting and training
 firms, and dot-coms.
 
 SOURCE  Association for Competitive Technology