Should the United States Government Increase Regulations on Tech Companies to Create More Competition?
The case the Justice Department has launched against Google for allegedly monopolizing digital technology advertising is set to begin soon. Historically, the United States has had continual debates over the scale and scope of federal regulation of large corporations to ensure “fair” competition within industry. In the past few decades, the federal government has rarely brought a major lawsuit against a tech company for violating laws designed to prevent monopolies. The decision in the case will have wide-reaching effects on the tech industry as well as the scope of government power.
Those who argue that the government should increase regulations to create more competition argue that doing so is essential to protecting consumers. They contend that monopolies stifle competition and economic liberty and artificially elevate prices. This side argues that Google has disproportionate control over digital advertising, which allows them to take measures to maintain dominance of the field. They may also say that more regulations will help drive down prices for consumers as more competition will force lower prices.
Those who argue that the government should not increase regulations to create more competition argue that doing so will negatively impact the economy. They contend that companies like Google have dominance in certain fields because they provide consumers with high-quality goods and services, and that it shouldn’t be punished because of its success. They have natural competitive advantages because they are the best companies in providing a certain good or service. They claim that increased regulations stifle the free market and allow the government to pick winners and losers.
So, what do you think? Should the United States Government Increase Regulations on Tech Companies to Create More Competition? Students can answer Yes, it should; No, it should not; or a nuanced answer in between. Be sure to submit your responses by October 5 to have a chance at winning this week’s competition.
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- Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner
- Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers
- Are expressed in cohesive sentences and are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
- They address counterarguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner
- They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly
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