White House meets SME’s to discuss competition in tech sector

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White House officials met with small and mid-sized companies to discuss competition issues in the tech sector, as momentum grows in the US Congress to rein in large technology companies.

The meeting was attended by Bruce Reed, president Joe Biden’s top tech advisor and deputy chief of staff; Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council and executives of smaller tech firms such as Sonos and Yelp Inc, the White House said.

“The meeting focused on the challenges entrepreneurs, brick-and-mortar retailers, and other businesses face competing in sectors dominated by a few large platforms,” the White House said in a statement.

Concerns discussed at the meeting included fees charged by large technology companies, how large tech firms operate an online marketplace for third-party sellers and also sell their own products on such platforms, and how businesses are ranked on those platforms.

Last year President Joe Biden signed an executive order to promote more competition in the US economy, urging agencies to crack down on anti-competitive practices in sectors from agriculture to drugs and labor. He has since taken several steps to promote competition in the US meat industry.

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The meeting to discuss competition issues in the tech sector occurred ahead of a vote in the US Senate on Thursday where the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up a bipartisan bill from Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Republican Chuck Grassley that would bar companies such as Amazon and Google from favouring their products and services.

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