Enlarge / Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) makes an opening statement during a hearing on current and proposed tariff actions with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2018. (credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
A Utah senator has written a formal letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to “reconsider the competitive effects of Google’s conduct in search and digital advertising.”
In a two-page document released Thursday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) noted that, when the agency closed its previous investigation into the search giant in 2010, the FTC partly based its decision on the expectation that Apple would become a “strong mobile advertising network.” This did not pan out.
As Ars noted a year ago, Google is under renewed pressure from both the conservative and liberal ends of the political spectrum.