(Reuters) – Dozens of companies and business organizations sent a letter to US lawmakers on Monday urging them to support a bill that would curb major technology companies such as Amazon.com and Alphabet’s Google.
Last week, Democratic U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and lawmakers from both parties said they had Senate votes needed to pass legislation that would prevent tech platforms, including Apple and Facebook, from benefiting their own businesses.
Companies that support the measure, which include Yelp, Sonos, DuckDuckGo and Spotify, called it a “moderate and sensible bill aimed entirely at well-documented abuses from the very largest online platforms.”
Other signatories were the American Booksellers Association, the American Independent Business Alliance, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Kelkoo Group. Amazon.com, the Chamber of Commerce and others oppose the measure.
Supporters urged lawmakers to approve the bill, saying it would modernize antitrust laws so that smaller companies can compete.
Last week, Klobuchar said she thought she had the 60 Senate votes needed to end the debate and go to a vote on the final passage. There is a similar bill in the House of Representatives.
“It̵7;s no surprise that Yelp and Spotify like the bill because it’s designed to help them. But senators tell us they simply do not hear their constituents demanding changes to Amazon Basics and Google Maps,” said the Pro-tech Chamber of Progress. in a statement.
Technology giants have said the bill would jeopardize popular consumer products such as Google Maps and Amazon Basics and make it harder for businesses to protect their users’ security and privacy.
Carl Szabo from NetChoice said that the pressure exerted to get a vote on the bill was a sign that it did not have enough support to go through. “This is the last gasp of a drowning beetle for air,” he said.