• Microsoft filed a complaint against Google with the European Commission, alleging that Google has engaged in exclusionary conduct through its search engine. Microsoft alleges that Google prevents Microsoft’s competing Bing search engine from accessing indexes that Google controls, such as YouTube metadata. Microsoft also alleges that Google is withholding technical information which would let Microsoft Windows 7 smartphone software support a full featured YouTube application. Finally, Microsoft alleges Googles ad contracts prevent comparison with other search ad providers like Microsoft. A Microsoft blog post about the dispute is available here.
  • Google has announced that it will deploy its planned 1 gigabyte-per-second fiber network in Kansas City, Kansas. Google initially announced the project in February 2010 and reportedly evaluated hundreds of sites across the United States. Kansas City was chosen because the network could be built “efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations.” The fiber will be “open access” to any Internet service provider and will be provided at competitive costs, even when competitors offer slower speeds. Google expects to start offering service in the first quarter of 2012. Google also stated that it will continue talks with other communities about bringing ultra-high speed broadband to them as well. More information is available here.
  • The submission deadline for the FCC Open Internet Challenge is June 1, 2011. The FCC seeks ideas for monitoring Internet providers’ compliance with the Open Internet rules. The winner will get a trip to Washington, DC and will be honored at an FCC Chairman’s reception. More information can be found here.