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Letter: Fair antitrust legislation wouldn’t hurt consumers

By Staff | May 12, 2022

STK- letter to the editor

Businesses and nonprofits that are critical of successful American technology companies united to push you and Congress to support unfair legislation. The group of institutions hosted an “Antitrust Day” on April 4, 2022, with hopes to use the campaign as a day of action to pressure lawmakers to do the wrong thing and regulate tech companies without further thought.

These critics assert that big tech companies are exploiting their status and influence to “undermine human rights, distort democracy, abuse personal data, and stifle competition.” But truth be told, the bills they are advocating for – the Open App Markets Act and the American Innovation and Choice Online Act – are derogatory for consumers and create harm on top of being unfair and biased against American tech.

The group launched a misguided campaign to facilitate emails and calls to members of Congress urging them to pass both pieces of antitrust legislation. In response, an opposing group of businesses and nonprofits that are pro-America and pro-innovation came together to push back and “Defend America’s Competitive Edge” on April 4, 2022. They are emphasized how both bills weaponize antitrust law to unfairly punish big technology companies for simply being successful in their pushback.

We deserve fair antitrust legislation that does not harm innovation or consumers. “Antitrust Day” promoted bills that are not the answer. Members of the public and members of Congress must take a step back and look at legitimate concerns associated with pushing for Big Tech-targeted, antitrust legislation.

Jake Daybell, Springville

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