Google not abusing its power, chairman says


Paul Sakuma

WASHINGTON -- Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt told a Senate panel Wednesday that the company faces tough competition and isn't using its dominance in Internet search to stifle competitors.

Schmidt testified at a hearing examining whether Google is abusing its power to thwart competition by placing links to its own content and services at the top of search results to the disadvantage of rivals. He insisted that Google could easily be unseated by better technology because competition is only a "click away."

Google's dominance of Internet search and advertising has put it under regulatory scrutiny that is making it more difficult to expand.