EU: Google must solve antitrust complaint by July
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 at 09:14
The EU antitrust chief has given Google until early July to say how it would change its business practices to settle an investigation into possible abuse of a dominant position.
"I want to give the company the opportunity to offer remedy proposals that would avoid lengthy proceedings," EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in a speech.
"By early July, I expect to receive from Google concrete signs of their willingness to explore this route."
Almunia sent a letter to Google on 21 May describing its concerns over Google's practices. The letter said that an 18-month investigation showed Google might have favored its own search services over rivals, among other concerns.
In May, Google said it disagreed that it was in violation.
Almunia said in his speech that if Google's proposals turned out to be unsatisfactory, the European Commission would take formal proceedings through a "statement of objections", or charge sheet.
"I strongly believe that users and competitors would greatly benefit from a quick resolution of the case," he said.
"It is always better to restore competition swiftly in fast-moving markets, provided of course that the companies concerned are ready to seriously address and solve the problems at stake."
So Google has to hand over its lead to its competitors then
"I strongly believe that users and competitors would greatly benefit from a quick resolution of the case,"
Why should Googles competittors benefit from the work of Google. It is only fair business practice to favour your own product above the competitors
Nothing is stopping anyone from starting their own search compnay if they have the knowledge and money. They should not expect to get it for free. Google didn't they spent billions getting where they are now so sour grapes to those who missed out.
By curiousclive on 9 Jun 2012
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