Jason Fischer bill targets Google, Apple app fees
Last year, similar bills targeting app stores cropped up across the Northeast, writes Sarah Wall of R Street. In New York, Senate Bill S4822 would have prohibited app stores from demanding that all app downloads be done through a device’s app store if the app store’s total sales to New Yorkers exceed $10 million. In other words, the legislation would force app stores to allow the side-loading of apps from third-party websites.
Similar provisions were introduced in Massachusetts (H.140) and Rhode Island (H.6055). New Jersey introduced legislation in 2020 with the same two bans. None of the bills were passed out of their respective committees in the Northeast, though similar legislation outside the region received more support.