Congressman to FTC: Mess With Google, You Mess With Us
Technology Editor, CNBC.com
Google is not a monopoly and does not deserve to have antitrust charges brought against it, at least that is the opinion of Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) who warned the Federal Trade Commission that if it took on Google, it would also be taking on Congress.
"I believe that application of anti-trust against Google would be woefully misguided step that would threaten the very integrity of our anti-trust system, and could ultimately lead to Congressional action resulting in a reduction in the ability of the FTC to enforce critical anti-trust protections in industries where markets are being distorted by monopolies or oligopolies, " Polis stated in a letter to Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the FTC, which was originally obtained by The Hill.
According to reports , the FTC is building a case against Google charging the company with using its search dominance to hurt its competition. But Polis begs to differ.
"I encourage the Commission to tread carefully and not undertake action that would compromise the important service provided by Google, reduce Google's ability to rapidly innovate and improve its products, or make search engine results less useful for consumers or businesses., " Polis stated in his letter, which was sent last week.
Polis stated that "Competition is only a click away and there are no barriers to competition." He emphasized his point by referencing Google's founding history.
"If I created a better search alogrithm I could set up a server in my garage and compete globally with Google, " he stated.
Along with there being no lack of competition, consumers are satisfied with the search company's products, Polis stated. He said that consumers do not "feel locked in" to using solely Google's services.
"At a time when the national economy continues to stagnate, it's not clear to me why the FTC should be focusing on a product that consumers seem very happy with, search engines, " he stated.