Instead of letting consumers choose, other search companies including Microsoft are funding FairSearch.org to lobby regulators and politicians to stop what it calls “Google’s march toward an ‘unregulatable monopoly.'” Legal academics Geoffrey Manne and Joshua Wright wrote a recent article entitled “If Search Neutrality is the Answer, What’s the Question?” They ridicule the regulatory idea of a “Federal Search Commission” to monitor search providers. Google would lose its position if it gave its properties such as YouTube unfair preference in its search results. By serving consumers well, Google makes it harder for competitors, but that’s not an antitrust violation.
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