Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

FTC and DOJ to Split Antitrust Investigations Into Major Tech Companies

Diane Bartz and Jan Wolfe, Reuters:

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, which jointly enforce antitrust laws in the United States, have divided oversight over the four companies, two sources said, with Amazon and Facebook under the watch of the FTC, and Apple and Google under the Justice Department.

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The four technology companies, all with market values in the hundreds of billions of dollars, have drawn scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers around the world over aspects of their business practices, although it was not clear what the U.S. Justice Department or FTC were planning to look at, if anything.

I think it is absolutely worth having an antitrust investigation and discussion around big tech firms; but, not one of the reports around these investigations mentions any investigation into the practices of telecom conglomerates. For Americans, they absolutely amount to having a similar level of power and invasiveness. Broaden the investigation and include them, too.