House Judicial Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) chairs the committee vote on articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump on Capitol in Washington, December 13, 2019.
Leah Millis | Reuters
The home of the United States of The Judicial Representatives Committee voted to approve a bill a give antitrust law enforcement agencies more money in a long session on Wednesday, but he still had to vote on four bills aimed at reining in Great technology.
United States Representative Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic President of the Justice Commission, defined the bills as a “historian” package of bipartisan legislation “aimed at” reining in anticompetitive abuses of the most dominant companies online. “
After passing the bills to dramatically increase the budget of agencies that apply antitrust law and a ensure that antitrust cases brought by state lawyers general remain in the court they choose, the debate has begun on a bill that would require platforms to allow users to transfer their data elsewhere
There was a flurry of opposition to the most radical reform bills, including from powerful United States House of Commerce, Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook and Google from Alphabet.
Discussion on the portability bill initially focused on if the legislation was written for ensure it wouldn’t affect Microsoft, a longtime Google antagonist.
Asked if there were any bills changed exclude Microsoft, representative David Cicilline, president of the committee’s antitrust authority panel and the guide force behind bills aimed at the four tech giants, he replied: “Absolutely not”.
Rep Pramila Jayapal said it was possible that Microsoft would be covered by the four Big Tech bills, everything of which have the same definition of which companies they hit.
Lawmakers voted in overwhelming way to change that definition to say everything online platforms, not just mobile platforms, were covered by the bill.
The four tech giants after the past two years of federal, state and congressional investigation into how they use their influence to extend their dominance in adjacent markets or abuse their dominance.
Two of the remaining bills turn to issue of companies, like Amazon and Google, creating a platform for other businesses and then compete against those businesses. One would require competition business to sell while the other would require platforms to refrain from favoring their activities.
A third party would require a platform to abstain from any merger unless it could show the acquired company does not compete with it.
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