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

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

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

Complainants to Commission: “only sanctions will reinstate competition”

Today, eleven of the companies which complained to the European Commission about Google’s anticompetitive conduct published an open letter to Commissioner Almunia calling for official sanctions against the company. The signatories to the letter, which included ICOMP Members Foundem, Hot Maps and Streetmap, voiced concerns that any settlement agreement would not sufficiently address the issue of how Google … read more