When it Comes to Price Discrimination and Multi-Sided Markets, There is Lot to Learn from Google

This ConsumerGram discusses how Google uses near perfect price discrimination and multi-sided markets to profit on search advertising.  The ConsumerGram was written by Dr. Larry Darby, a former FCC Bureau Chief and Chief Economist, shortly before his passing last year.  Click here to download the entire piece — CG on multisided markets and price discrimination

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 […]

Searching For Answers – FTC to Take a Look at Google

According to many news reports, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized its plans to ramp up an ongoing investigation into search engine giant Google. The Commission has some antitrust concerns surrounding Google’s search engine rankings and advertisements. The Wall Street Journal broke the story Thursday morning. According to the report, the FTC investigation will […]

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 […]

PC Magazine: ACI Quoted on Potential Congressional Subpoena of Google Execs

The June 22, 2011 PC Magazine article by  Chloe Albanesius (“Congress, Google Clash Over Schmidt, Page Appearance”) includes the following excerpt: Several groups were all in favor of the subcommittee using a subpoena. “What are Page and Schmidt afraid of? What do they have to hide? Congress should use its subpoena power to determine whether […]

ACI Urges Google Leadership to Testify Before U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee

Washington, DC, June 22, 2011 –– In response to news reports that U.S. Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mike Lee (R-UT), the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee (respectively), requested that Google CEO Larry Page or Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt testify before their committee.  Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer […]