Big Tech monopolies harm small business. Congress must rein them in (Your Letters)

To the Editor:

Monopolies like Amazon and other Large Tech corporations have been authorized to perform blatantly anti-competitive and racially discriminatory disinformation practices. It’s induced immeasurable hurt to our local economies and small companies. The American Innovation and Choice On-line Act (AICOA, S.2992) is a bipartisan evaluate that would rein in monopoly energy and let small firms to compete.

Cameron Miller’s July 8, 2022, op-ed, “Congress’s antitrust crusade will harm individuals, businesses,” bears a placing resemblance to conversing points dispersed by Amazon, Apple and Google, some of the extremely corporations AICOA would control. In point, nearly all the assertions on which Miller builds his counterfactual conclusion are unsubstantiated or demonstrably bogus. Monopolies harm individuals, tiny organizations, and our economic system.

Though Miller states that “Large technological innovation platforms provide tremendous price for … smaller businesses,” the 3 most lethal threats to smaller enterprises are associated to the “unchecked workout of marketplace ability by dominant companies.” Sellers on Amazon are forced to give up 34 p.c of their revenue in service fees, and Amazon has been regarded to use independent sellers’ proprietary knowledge to build goods, undermining any probability at sector competitors.

As the executive director of Major Avenue Alliance, a national group of compact business entrepreneurs, I know this to be genuine: Competitors positive aspects shoppers. AICOA would improve competitiveness in America’s technological innovation sector by restricting the skill of organizations like Amazon, Apple, Fb and Google to use their monopoly electrical power to favor their very own choices. That enhanced competitors will make it simpler for tiny companies in New York to expand and prosper.

Chanda Causer

Executive director

Major Street Alliance

Washington, D.C.