WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican and a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill aimed at reining in powerful app stores run by companies like Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.
Representative Ken Buck, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee antitrust panel, introduced the measure along with Representative Hank Johnson, a Democrat.
“For far too long, companies like Google and Apple have had a stranglehold on app developers who are forced to take whatever terms these monopolists set in order to reach their customers,” Buck said in an email statement.
U.S. consumers spent nearly $33 billion last year in mobile app stores and downloaded 13.4 billion apps, Buck’s office said in a statement.
Google has said that Android phones often have two or more app stores preloaded.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Stephen Coates)