USHCC Applauds FTC Decision as Google Investigation Concludes

USHCC Applauds FTC Decision as Google Investigation Concludes

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) today commended the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) for its decision to conclude a year-long antitrust investigation of
Google, Inc. The FTC found that Google's search engine did not harm consumers
or hinder its competitors in what was one of the defining antitrust battles of
the internet age.

"The USHCC believes the openness of the Internet has been central to its
development and has encouraged the growth of American startups and innovative
firms," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "We are delighted that
the FTC's conclusion of this case will ensure internet freedom and allow good
ideas to flourish, especially for Hispanic entrepreneurs who are starting new
ventures at twice the national rate."

In a recent letter to FTC Chairman John Leibowitz and fellow Commissioners,
the USHCC advocated for Hispanic-owned businesses that rely on Google's search
engine to bring diverse products and services to the marketplace. Legal action
against Google, the USHCC argued, would result in unwarranted restrictions on
Google's ability to provide consumers with fast, reliable search results and
search-related advertising.

"As is, the Internet empowers consumers and business owners to make their own
choices about what sites, applications and services to use, and the range of
consumer choices available on the internet gives e-commerce the flexibility to
foster innovation and entrepreneurship," added Palomarez. "The FTC's
announcement should pave the way for renewed internet freedom and certainty in
the marketplace."

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and
development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3
million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that contribute in
excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as
the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and
business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more
information, visit www.ushcc.com.


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