Ohio’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Google on Tuesday asking the state to officially declare the Big Tech company a public utility.
“Google uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Google’s own products — that’s discriminatory and anti-competitive. When you own the railroad or the electric company or the cellphone tower, you have to treat everyone the same and give everybody access,” Republican Dave Yost said in a press release.
The declaration, if granted, will subject the Silicon Valley giant to “proper government regulation.”
“This suit does not seek redress for Google’s dominance of internet search. This suit does not argue that Google’s dominance of internet search is good or bad when viewed in isolation. Those issues are left to be resolved elsewhere. This case accepts Google’s dominance of internet search as a fact (be it good or bad),” the lawsuit explains. “Accepting this fact, the first claim is narrowly focused on establishing that Google’s