The FTC is suing the chip-making giant for monopolistic market abuses. "Intel has engaged in a deliberate campaign to hamstring competitive threats to its monopoly," said Richard A. Feinstein, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition.
The European Union's taking a strict line on anti-competitive behavior by two giants of the computing industry: Intel and Microsoft. This week, Microsoft is wriggling to try and fend off an E.U. ruling against it, while the chip maker is due to be found guilty. This comes just officials in the Obama administration reveal plans for more aggressive antitrust enforcement, restoring policies that led to the landmark lawsuits against Microsoft and Intel in the 1990s.
The European Union has just taken a fresh bite at Microsoft's anit-competitive business practices, and accused the company of harming "competition between web browsers" by bundling Internet Explorer with its Windows OSs. It's a preliminarty finding, so no punitive action is outlined. Yet.