Jun 21, 2021 - Technology

Exclusive: Industry groups line up against tech antitrust bills

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Thirteen tech and free-market groups oppose new bipartisan antitrust bills from the House Judiciary committee, the groups write in a letter Monday, exclusively shared with Axios.

Why it matters: The pushback shows that the industry is gearing up for a fight against the 5 proposed new laws.

What they're saying: "We believe that voters want Congress to fix things that are broken -- not break or ban things that they feel are working well. We strongly encourage you to reject these proposals," the groups wrote to committee members.

  • The groups say some of the bills would ban Amazon Prime and Amazon Basics, bar Apple from preinstalling iMessage and FaceTime on iPhones, and block Google from including Google Maps in its search results.
  • How exactly any of these laws would work, should they pass, will depend on decisions by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice.

Driving the news: The House Judiciary committee plans to mark up the new antitrust bills Wednesday.

Details: The letter is signed by Chamber of Progress, Americans for Prosperity, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, TechFreedom, NetChoice and others.

What to watch: Pushback against the bills is brewing on the Hill as well. The New Democrat Coalition, a group of centrist Democrats, wrote to party leadership last week urging additional hearings before a markup.

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