Along with the CEOs of Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai publishes his remarks for the hearing on Wednesday, regarding the dominance of the four tech giants in the industry.
Sundar Pichai has opened his written statement with how expanding access to opportunity with the use of technology bears personal importance to him. Unlike Bezos who wrote a lot about his early years, Pichai focused on how technology inspired him, especially when he first came to the US for graduate school.
“Accessing the internet for the first time in that computer lab set me on a path to bring technology to as many people as possible. It’s what inspired me to join Google 16 years ago. And it’s what led me to help create Google’s first browser, Chrome,” the 48-year-old CEO wrote.
Fast forward to the present time in which Google gains dominance with the aid of the people who continue to rely on the search engine, and Google’s many useful features like Gmail and Google Maps, to name a few. Businesses around the country, small or big, have also relied on Google’s digital tools like Google Ads, Google Calendar, and Google Analytics, especially during these challenging times for which working remotely means using much of what the internet has to offer.
Alphabet’s CEO also mentioned how the company’s team of engineers has contributed in “helping America solidify its position as the global leader in emerging technologies.” Google is one of the world’s biggest annual investors in research and development.
“Just as American leadership in these areas is not inevitable, we know Google’s continued success is not guaranteed. Google operates in highly competitive and dynamic global markets, in which prices are free or falling, and products are constantly improving. Today’s competitive landscape looks nothing like it did 5 years ago, let alone 21 years ago, when Google launched its first product, Google Search,” Pichai continued.
The remark ended on a positive note wherein Pichai wrote about Google’s commitment to partnering with lawmakers to “protect consumers, maintain America’s competitive technological edge in the world, and ensure that every American has access to the incredible opportunities that technology creates.”
The Subcommittee on Antitrust’s examination on the four tech giants is expected to result in legislative proposals on how to address antitrust matters in the digital marketplace, helping state regulators pass laws that can crack down anti-competitive practices.