Google head disputes that company thwarts rivals

September 21, 2011 - 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says the company operates in a tough competitive arena and isn't using its dominance in Internet search to stifle competitors.

Schmidt is testifying Wednesday at a hearing by a Senate panel examining whether Google is abusing its power to thwart competition by placing links to its own content and services at the top of search results to the disadvantage of its rivals' links.

Schmidt told lawmakers that Google won't make the same mistakes as Microsoft Corp., which was curbed by the government several years ago when it was deemed to be exercising monopoly power.

Schmidt says consumers will correct mistakes the company makes. Schmidt insists that Google could easily be unseated by better technology because competition is only a "click away" on the Internet.