Date
15 December 2017
US lawmakers voiced alarm over a plan in the European parliament to unbundle Google's search from its other commercial services. Photo: Bloomberg
US lawmakers voiced alarm over a plan in the European parliament to unbundle Google's search from its other commercial services. Photo: Bloomberg

US lawmakers hit European plan to break up Google

Senior US politicians assailed a plan by their European counterparts to break up Google Inc., accusing them trying to politicize an antitrust investigation into the American technology giant.

The lawmakers voiced alarm over a plan in the European parliament to unbundle Google’s search from its other commercial internet services, the Financial Times reported.

A joint letter from the Republican and Democrat leadership of the Senate finance committee and House ways and means committee said “proposals that seem to target US technology companies” raised questions “about the EU’s commitment to open markets”, according to the newspaper.

“This and similar proposals build walls rather than bridges [and] do not appear to give full consideration to the negative effect such policies may have on the broader US-EU trade relationship,” wrote Senators Ron Wyden and Orrin Hatch and Congressmen Dave Camo and Sander Levin.

In a separate letter, Bob Goodlatte, US House judiciary committee chairman, accused the European lawmakers of “encouraging antitrust enforcement efforts that appear to be motivated by politics, rather than grounded in factual and legal principles”.

A third letter signed by several prominent members of Congress warned the resolution would “deter continued innovation and investment from US based internet companies”.

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