Google Hiring a dozen Lobbying Firms — Hill Blog Quotes ACI

Gautham Nagesh wrote an excellent blog today on the breaking news that Google has hiring a dozen more lobbying firms to prepare for its FTC antitrust investigation (“Google Hiring 12 Lobbying Firms as FTC Readies Antitrust Probe,” Hillicon Valley tech blog, The Hill, July 1, 2011.  The article quotes ACI’s president as saying: “Google is so dominant that […]

ACI Applauds FTC Investigation into Google Practices

Washington, DC, June 23, 2011 –– In response to news reports that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be issuing subpoenas in connection with an antitrust probe, Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, made the following statement:   “”News reports that the FTC plans to conduct a probe of Google’s antitrust practices is […]

The EU Investigates Google — Is Google Really the Victim?

I am not totally convinced that Google is a victim in the EU investigation (see MSNBC for background).  While industry concentration is (by itself) largely unimportant as an antitrust concern, conduct and performance do matter.  When there is an absence of effective competition or the presence of barriers to entry, a dominant firm can exercise market […]