Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. issued the below statement on Friday in reaction to the announced investigation of Google by the Federal Trade Commission for anti-trust practices:
"The fact that there is enough cause for an investigation by the FTC is by itself reason for serious concern. The Internet and the businesses of new technology that are such a big part of electronic communication still have to follow the rules of fair trade. Fair competition is not only a good business principle, it also fuels new discoveries and better service for consumers.
"This isn't just a battle among companies or between Google and regulators, it is an important matter of what is in the best long-term interests of consumers who increasingly rely on Internet services in their day-to-day lives. Everyone benefits from fair competition.
"I urge Google to fully cooperate with the investigators and I urge the FTC to conduct a thorough investigation. That is the best way to send a clear message to everyone in the industry that fair competition will be fully enforced."