Google's Eric Schmidt Agrees to Testify at Senate Antitrust Hearing in September

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has agreed to testify in September in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Antitrust subpanel, according to The Hill.Earlier, Google had declined the formal invitation from the subcommittee's leadership to send Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt or new CEO Larry Page to testify, prompting speculation over whether the panel would subpoena […]

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has agreed to testify in September in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Antitrust subpanel, according to The Hill.

Earlier, Google had declined the formal invitation from the subcommittee's leadership to send Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt or new CEO Larry Page to testify, prompting speculation over whether the panel would subpoena them to answer questions about the search giant's core business.

A subcommittee ranking member Mike Lee (R-Utah) said acknowledged Google's reversal on the issue with a statement Friday afternoon.

"I'm pleased that Mr. Schmidt has agreed to testify at the Antitrust Subcommittee hearing," Lee said. "I look forward to discussing a number of important issues relating to Google and Internet search competition."

The Federal Trade Commission recently opened a broad probe into allegations Google uses its dominance of the search market to boost its own services.

Google is currenlty facing congressional scrutiny on a number of fronts currently, including complaints of anticompetitive behavior and concerns about privacy involving Google's Android smartphone platform.

The search giant recently hired a dozen new lobbying firms to relay its message to lawmakers.

[Via: The Hill]