Alaska Attorney General joins bipartisan investigation into Google
Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has joined
to investigate Google for antitrust violations. Clarkson appeared on the steps of the Supreme Court yesterday with 11 other attorneys general to declare the investigation.
Clarkson said that, “Alaska has a significant interest in this investigation because of the unique geographic location of Alaska."
He said that many Alaskan companies rely on the internet to do business in the lower-48 and internationally.
The Alaska Attorney General’s office said in a press release, Legal experts from each state will work in cooperation with federal authorities to assess competitive conditions for online services and ensure that Americans have access to free digital markets.”
The investigation includes attorneys general from 48 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico.
Clarkson went on to say that, "The Anticompetitive activity of the nature that this bipartisan coalition of states and attorneys general will be investigating, has the potential for driving up the cost of business for businesses in Alaska.”
Google said in a statement about this and other ongoing investigations that they plan to work constructively to prove their company is allowing fair competition.
California and Alabama are the only states that haven’t signed on to the investigations. Google is headquartered in California.
This investigation is separate from a U.S. Department of Justice antitrust investigation into Google.