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Google should be regulated like telcos and electricity companies, say rivals

Jennifer Baker | June 26, 2013
Companies who have been assessing Google’s planned remedies to anti-competitive practice on Tuesday called on the European Commission to reject them and to consider regulating Internet search.

Others thought that the remedies wouldn't make much difference to Google anyway. "Google will exploit the loopholes. Look at what they do with regard to tax," said Kate Sutton, commercial director of Streetmap.

Meanwhile hundreds of publishers and their trade associations wrote an open letter calling on Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia to reject Google's draft remedies completely.

"As a minimum requirement, Google must hold all services, including its own, to exactly the same standards, using exactly the same crawling, indexing, ranking, display and penalty algorithms," said one of the signatories, Helmut Heinen, president of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers.

Feedback from the market test will be taken into account in the Commission's final analysis. However, it is the Commission that Google's remedies must satisfy, not any other party involved. If a solution isn't found, the Commission could still fine the company up to 10 percent of its annual global revenue.

 

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