AAPL Stock: 112.12 ( + 2.62 )

Printed from

US government dodging Intel investigation?

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Mon October 22, 2007

US avoiding Intel probe?

The Federal Trade Commission is deliberately avoiding a probe of US chip giant Intel, one Democrat politician charges. In August, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York teamed with Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (also D-NY) to ask for the FTC investigation, on the basis that Intel is said to be offering rebates to computer builders who refuse to buy rival AMD products. The FTC replied in September by saying it could not disclose any investigations, and on Monday a Schumer spokesman accused the FTC of "slow-walking" concerns, according to the Associated Press.

Schumer's motivations may be of concern, the AP notes. AMD in 2005 filed a lawsuit against Intel, charging the company with the same antitrust violations as Schumer. AMD has maintained the truth of its allegations since, and now spokesmen for both AMD and Schumer confirm that the company intends to build a $3 billion semiconductor factory in upstate New York. Intel meanwhile denies offering anti-competitive rebates or committing any other wrongdoing.

An investigation would only add to legal woes for Intel, which has been charged with deliberately sabotaging AMD sales by the European Commission, and accused of engaging in similar practices within South Korea. Neither case has come to fruition.

by MacNN Staff




  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If Chuck Schumer has anything to do with it, you know it is either bullshit or he didn't get some kind of payoff.


  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: schoomer

    I think you are ignoring the issue at hand by letting politics cloud your reasoning.

    If there's any truth behind the allegations, then they should be investigated. If this was MS, we'd be calling for blood.

  1. migs647

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's so bad?

    I personally don't see what's so bad by giving people kickbacks not to use your competitors products.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented