House Panel Votes To Approve Bill Targeting Big Tech

The House Judiciary Committee moved forward on a bill that opens up opportunities to break up big tech companies like Facebook and Google, according to Politico.

H.R. 3825, the Ending Platform Monopolies Act’s purpose is to dethrone huge tech companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

“It was strong antitrust regulation that created the space for the great renaissance of technology that later drove a lot of the U.S. economy,” said Jayapal, whose district includes Amazon’s headquarters. “We don’t want innovation and competition to stop here; we want it to continue for many others.”

“Many of my colleagues have talked about the need to break up Big Tech,” Gaetz said. “It’s time to put your vote where your rhetoric has been.”

“Addressing Big Tech’s abuses effectively as intended will require adjustments to the legislation,” Miller said.

Politico reported that “Five other antitrust bills were also approved:”

“— H.R. 3826 (117), which would prohibit dominant digital platforms from acquiring would-be rivals, a tactic that Facebook and Google have wielded especially aggressively.”

“— H.R. 3816 (117), which would bar platforms such as Apple’s App Store and Amazon’s Marketplace from giving their own products unfair advantages over those of competitors.”

“— H.R. 3849 (117), which the committee spent seven hours debating. It would make it easier for consumers to transfer their personal information from one digital service to another.”

“— H.R. 3843 (117), which would increase the merger fees that regulators collect from companies.”

“— H.R. 3460 (117), which would give state attorneys general control over which courts hear antitrust cases. That bill emerged after Google attempted to move one of its multistate antitrust suits from Texas federal court to a venue in its home state of California.”

From Politico:

Five other antitrust bills were also approved:

— H.R. 3826 (117), which would prohibit dominant digital platforms from acquiring would-be rivals, a tactic that Facebook and Google have wielded especially aggressively.

— H.R. 3816 (117), which would bar platforms such as Apple’s App Store and Amazon’s Marketplace from giving their own products unfair advantages over those of competitors.

— H.R. 3849 (117), which the committee spent seven hours debating. It would make it easier for consumers to transfer their personal information from one digital service to another.

— H.R. 3843 (117), which would increase the merger fees that regulators collect from companies.

— H.R. 3460 (117), which would give state attorneys general control over which courts hear antitrust cases. That bill emerged after Google attempted to move one of its multistate antitrust suits from Texas federal court to a venue in its home state of California.