Ms. Pelosi dismissed Mr. Cook’s concerns about the bills, according to two people with knowledge of the conversations. When Cook requested a delay in the Judiciary Committee’s review of bills, Pelosi pushed him to identify specific policy objections to the measures, one resident said.
Morgan Reed, president of the Applications Association, a trade organization funded by Apple and other technology and telecommunications companies, said in a letter to lawmakers Tuesday that disrupting platforms platform and “restricting the services they can provide to our affiliates will harm you as a constituent. “
Another outspoken critic is the Chamber of Progress, a left-wing trade group founded in March by former Google executive Adam Kovacevich.
“Technology has had a very long political honeymoon,” Kovacevich said. “Many politicians and policymakers think that maybe they have been too lenient with technology for a long time, and now have a desire to resist punishing technology through new laws or through through management action. And that is the opposite of what consumers want.”
He drafted and organized in favor of a letter sent this week urging members of the Judiciary Committee to oppose two of the bills. It warned that the bills would hurt consumers, leading to Amazon without Prime, iPhones without messaging or pre-installed phones, and Google without Maps. The letter was signed by Mr Kovacevich’s team and an unusual combination of 12 other organisations, including tech associations, free-market conservatives and consumer groups, most of which were received. sponsorship from Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google.
Eli Lehrer, president of the financially conservative think-tank R Street Institute, who signed the letter, criticized Republican supporters for turning away from their free-market principles by “calls on the government to use its power to intervene directly against some of the most successful companies in the history of our country. “
The institute has received funding from Google, but Mr Lehrer said the funding did not affect the institute’s stance on the law, nor representatives from other signatories.