AWS cloud business faces antitrust scrutiny by FTC

U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has broadened scrutiny of beyond its retail operations to include cloud-computing business AWS, Bloomberg reported.
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The U.S. antitrust enforcers have been asking software companies about practices around Amazon’s cloud unit Amazon Web Services, the report said.

Big tech companies such as Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, Apple and Amazon face a slew of antitrust probes by the federal government, state attorneys general and congress, Reuters reported.

FTC’s Technology Enforcement Division was focusing its probes of multi-sided platforms on illegal conduct and mergers that previously won antitrust approval.

Amazon Web Services is the biggest cloud services provider, competing with Microsoft and Google Cloud. Amazon’s cloud unit is expected to generate $34.9 billion in sales in 2019, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

In addition to the FTC probes, the Justice Department and House of Representatives Judiciary Committee are investigating all four big tech companies.