Open App Markets Act: A Misguided Approach That Could Stifle America

Rumor has it the Open App Markets Act (OAMA) could make a comeback in Congress. Its supporters posit that large tech companies, such as Apple and Alphabet, are throttling competition and innovation. Yet these arguments run contrary to objective evidence. And the stakes are high—not only does OAMA-like legislation risk undoing Congressional efforts to address the TikTok challenges, it makes the critical mistake of abandoning America’s historical commitment to innovation and markets.

Proposed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in the last Congress, OAMA immediately ran into legislative trouble. The Senate version made it out of committee but did not reach a floor vote. The House version failed more starkly—stalling out in committee.

Read Dr. Jamison’s complete blog post at AEI.