Posted BY: Breitbart

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said on Wednesday’s edition of the Breitbart News Daily podcast with host Alex Marlow that the Open App Markets Act — proposed legislation cosponsored by her and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) — would end Apple’s and Google’s shared role as “gatekeepers” of applications on smartphones and mobile devices.

“We have the Open App Markets Act, and that is something that is bipartisan,” Blackburn remarked. “This would remove Apple and Google as the gatekeepers on your apps.”

Blackburn emphasized the control held by Apple and Google over the mobile device app landscape on their operating systems, iOS, and Android, respectively.

Blumenthal described the status quo of power held by the two technology companies as a “duopoly” over the two “dominant app stores.”

Blackburn continued, “Right now on Apple, you cannot put something on your phone that does not go through the Apple App Store, and I think you the consumer should decide what apps you want on own your phone and not Tim Cook.”

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