The efforts put pressure on antitrust enforcers to bring cases against tech companies, said William Kovacic, a former FTC commissioner who is now a professor at George Washington University Law School.

“All of this creates momentum. You can only go so far in saying we’re doing investigations, we’re going to do this broad study before you have committed yourself to say we’re going to take enforcement action,” he said. “Can you imagine standing in front of a press conference and saying, never mind, we didn’t find anything?”

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