White House calls Apple and Google ‘harmful’ in bid to cut app store fees

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration wants Apple and Google to be forced to have third-party app stores, saying that as-is, the model inflates prices and reduces innovation.

As Apple prepares to raise App Store prices outside the US, the NTIA says that Apple and Google’s business model “is harmful to consumers and developers.”Following an investigation, then NTIA says it has found that the current “mobile app store model has provided a range of benefits to both app developers and users, but has also created conditions of competition that are suboptimal.”

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