Google Summoned to Brussels

Following a series of meetings with complainants and other third parties since the turn of the year, it is now being reported that Eric Schmidt will visit Commissioner Vestager, having been summoned to Brussels to discuss the Commission’s on-going antitrust investigation into Google. The investigation has already lasted over five years, and it is almost … read more

Geoffrey Manne’s Competition Anathema

Geoffrey Manne recently published a blog post defending Google’s abusive practices in the mobile space. The post is a mixture of mis-direction and inaccuracy that simply doesn’t hold up for anyone who scratches the surface. In the end, Manne’s post actually reveals why Google’s Android practices require in-depth investigation. Paid by Google As many of … read more

Eric does it again

To the casual observer Eric Schmidt’s recent speech in Berlin could look like a celebration of flourishing US-German partnership in innovation – yet it is part of a sustained attempt to confuse and misdirect as Google faces intense criticism of its abusive and anti-competitive behaviour in Europe. Mr Schmidt seems to think he is a … read more

No more second (or third, or fourth) chances

ICOMP has long said that Google’s proposed settlement is fatally flawed. It not only fails to address the core abuses raised by the commission, it also would serve to entrench Google’s dominance and give it a free hand to continue and expand its abuse across Europe. It is thus very encouraging to hear that commissioner Almunia … read more

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

ICOMP STATEMENT ON ICANN/ICE DECISION REJECTING COMMUNITY OBJECTION

Earlier this week, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Centre for Expertise (ICE), a dispute resolution provider selected by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), rejected ICOMP’s efforts on behalf of the Internet search community to block Google from obtaining exclusive control of the “.search” generic top-level domain (gTLD). The ICE ruled … read more

ICOMP Response to Commission’s Announcement on the Google Antitrust Case

A settlement without third party review is a massive failure. Complaints and others must see Google’s proposed commitments, not just the Commission’s analysis of why they will work. Hard data from market tests proved that the previous settlement would not work – we need time and opportunity to ensure full technical assessment of how effective … 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

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