Apple’s guy, Kyle Andeer, worked for both DOJ and FTC before coming to Cupertino.
From “Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google to testify to Congress on antitrust” in Wednesday’s Washington Post.
Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google have been summoned to Capitol Hill to testify next week as part of House lawmakers’ wide-ranging investigation into big tech companies and the threats they may pose to competition.
The hearing, scheduled for July 16 in front of the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee that deals with antitrust, will bring simmering Democratic and Republican frustrations with Silicon Valley into public view, potentially setting the stage for further scrutiny — or regulation — of an industry that’s long insisted that its size doesn’t harm rivals or consumers.
Scheduled to testify are Kyle Andeer, Apple’s vice president for corporate law and chief compliance officer; Nate Sutton, an associate general counsel at Amazon; Matt Perault, the head of global policy development at Facebook; and Adam Cohen, the director of economic policy at Google…
House lawmakers embarked on their sweeping antitrust investigation of Silicon Valley in June, expressing rare, bipartisan alarm then that “dominant, unregulated platforms have extraordinary power over commerce, communication and information online.” They pledged not only to review Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google but the government’s own competition laws and enforcement agencies, part of an effort to determine if the industry had come to wield dangerous “monopoly power” without repercussion.
First comment, posted by “Average every day common sense Joe”:
Apple doesn’t have a big enough market share to even come close to trigger anti-trust action.
My take: Depends how the market is defined. The way Spotify sees it, the App Store is a market unto itself. If that’s where Congress is headed regarding the regulation of platforms, all bets are off.