Lawmakers Unveil New Bill Targeting App Stores

Lawmakers Unveil New Bill Targeting App Stores

( – Google and Apple have dominated the app markets for years. On July 7, state attorneys general for 36 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against Google’s play store for alleged unfair business practices and violations of the nation’s antitrust laws. Experts say it is just a matter of time before Apple finds itself in a similar situation.

On Friday, August 13, US Representatives Ken Buck (R-CO) and Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced a new bill, the Open App Markets Act, aimed at curbing the dominance of app stores run by big tech companies like Apple and Google. Buck serves as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee on Antitrust, and Johnson heads the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.

The proposed bill serves as the House companion to a Senate bill introduced by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Rep. Buck issued a press release discussing the bill. He said passage of the act would “restore competition” in the digital marketplace, “rein in anticompetitive” practices, and ensure customers could access useful apps at a “fair price.”

Rep. Johnson echoed those remarks, adding that companies like Apple and Google have stifled competition and strangled “consumer choice” for far too long. It’s high time Congress stepped in and leveled the playing field.

The stakes are high for big tech companies, and if June is any indication of the future, they could face a long road ahead. The House advanced six measures that month to rein in Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

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