Legislators should support Open App Markets Act
The ability to work remotely has made Yuma an attractive place to live. The technology industry is becoming an important part of our economy, and small and medium app developers are trying to make a living, or supplement their paychecks by creating apps for our mobile devices that make all of our lives better.
Unfortunately the tech giants Apple and Google run their app marketplaces in monopolistic ways that stifle innovation and create an unfair playing field for these small entrepreneurs. They charge the app developers up to 30% for any in-app purchases. They limit communication between the app developers and their customers, and they promote their apps over those of the developers. These all lead to an unlevel playing field that makes it hard for the app developers to compete with.
Congress is considering the Open App Markets Act which seeks to fix some of these unfair practices. Versions are working their way through the House and the Senate, and enjoy support from both sides of the aisle. I hope our leaders in Washington step up to the plate and help the little guys be successful by supporting this important legislation.