Lee Statement on Schmidt Testimony

September 21, 2011

Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) questioned Google CEO Eric Schmidt at a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. He issued the following statement at the conclusion of the hearing:

As a strong supporter of free markets, competition, and innovation, I was disappointed by the testimony of Google chairman Eric Schmidt.  I had hoped to hear the company acknowledge the responsibilities that accompany its preeminent position in the Internet search market and address concerns many have raised about Google’s possible anti-competitive activities.  Unfortunately, I fear that some of the testimony in today’s hearing may only encourage those who are calling for legal enforcement or government regulation.  I am hopeful that we can avoid those outcomes, and encourage Google to take appropriate voluntary action to resolve these concerns.