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Kohl, Lee Express Concerns about Google's Impact on Competition in Internet Commerce

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, sent a letter to Jon Liebowitz, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), expressing concerns over Google's business practices and its impact on competition in Internet search and commerce. In September, Kohl and Lee convened a hearing of the Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to examine Google's effects on competition and heard testimony from Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and others.

"We believe these allegations regarding Google's search engine practices raise important competition issues. We are committed to ensuring that consumers benefit from robust competition in online search and that the Internet remains the source of much free-market innovation. We therefore urge the FTC to investigate the issues raised at our Subcommittee hearing to determine whether Google's actions violate antitrust law or substantially harm consumers or competition in this vital industry," they stated in the letter.

The full text of the letter can be found here.


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