September 21, 2011
Senate Subcommittee Questioning Google’s Dominance Wednesday
A Senate Judiciary subcommittee will be examining Google Chairman Eric Schmidt on Wednesday after whether the company abused its Internet search dominance.The former CEO of the Internet powerhouse will answer questions from senators about whether the company used its dominance to help position itself over rival products.
Google controls about 60 percent of the search market in the U.S., and some businesses have complained that Google is giving its own products precedence in search queries.
Yelp, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Kayak and other sites claimed the company has pushed their search results lower in the rankings, placing its own on top.
Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman will join Nextag CEO Jeff Katz and Covington & Burling attorney Thomas Barnett in the hearing.
The New York Times reported that Schmidt will show how the company has helped spur economic growth.
The Times, which obtained Schmidt's upcoming testimony, said the former CEO will say Google search and advertising have "helped generate $64 billion in economic activity for hundreds of thousands of small businesses throughout the U.S."
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the antitrust subcommittee, said Schmidt will be answering questions regarding the size of Google's dominance and whether it has abused its powers.
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