By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said on Monday it is seeking public opinion on competition in the mobile app ecosystem as part of a plan to be sent to the White House. .
The US Department of Commerce agency wants information by May 23 on “the factors that affect application development and distribution and active ways to increase competition, through government or private sector actions.”
In February, a Senate panel passed a bill to curb the app stores of companies that member senators say exercise too much market control, particularly Apple and Google.
NTIA noted that, by one estimate, application savings were valued at $1.7 trillion in 2020, employing more than 5.9 million North Americans.