ICOMP Open Letter

Today, ICOMP has sent the following letter to decision makers in Brussels and Member States.   RE: Cases COMP/AT.39740 – Google I am writing on behalf of the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) which is both a formal complainant in the Google case and includes a number of Council Members that are formal … read more

If at first you don’t succeed…

As has been expected, this morning the European Commission announced it would issue formal requests for information (RFIs) on the revised commitments proposed by Google to “complainants in the ongoing proceedings and from all those who responded to the initial market test.” It has been suggested that some 125 RFIs have been sent out and the Commission … read more

Standing at the Crossroads

This summer, the world wide web finds itself at a crossroads. One path leads to a competitive and prosperous internet in which consumer privacy is protected, IP rights are defended, innovation flourishes and which will help fuel Europe’s economic recovery. The other leads to an internet which is little more than a private content-generator and … read more

Internet Behaviour Examined

The UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) yesterday published a piece of research called “Being online: an investigation of people’s habits and attitudes”, which looks at a number of aspects of online behaviour and examines how citizens and consumers use the internet and interact with online services. The research, undertaken by Ipsos MORI, found overall that … read more

Google’s commitments: too little, too late?

Following weeks of speculation, we are pleased to see the publication of a market test noticeand look forward to the opportunity to analyse and respond to Google’s proposal in a constructive manner. It is vital to ensure that the market test is thorough and robust and is not simply an exercise to “tick the boxes”. As … read more

A dominant player and the public purse: The damage of Google’s ‘economic investment’

“We’re a key part of the electronic commerce expansion of Britain which is driving a lot of economic growth for the country,” claimed Google Chairman Eric Schmidt in defense of Google’s low corporation tax payments yesterday. However, the reality is that there has been a high price to pay for Google’s ‘investment’ in the online … read more

Google in last chance saloon

After over 2 years of formal inquiry and negotiation, the online industry is now set to have its say on whether Google’s proposed remedies will effectively end the abuse of its dominance, restoring competition to the marketplace. ICOMP welcomes the formal market testing phase of the Commission’s investigation as a significant step forward and possibly … read more

ICANN but you can’t – Google’s amended application does nothing to allay competition concerns

Last week, news emerged that Google was amending its controversial application to exclusively register the web extensions .app, .blog, .search and .cloud after it became apparent that ICANN (the organisation overseeing the transition of top-level domains) was prepared to act on industry complaints that this domain grab would be anticompetitive. As ICOMP argued at the time, it is clear … read more

Google’s Offer Requires Robust Market Test

News that Google has submitted a final remedies offer to the Commission, recognising that change in their business practices is necessary in order to restore competition to the online market, is potentially welcome but certainly comes with caveats. Providing complainants and interested third parties the opportunity to review the proposals and offer their observations is … read more

Momentum Builds Across Europe as BEUC Joins EC Investigation

ICOMP has long campaigned for the implementation of remedies in the online marketplace in order to redress the growing imbalance of power in favour of Google. Momentum has been growing across Europe, with both businesses and consumers who have experienced real damage expressing support of a change. Today BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation has published … read more