Should Google be broken up as a monopoly? The classic antitrust case in the United States was Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States:
“By 1890, Standard Oil controlled 88 percent of the refined oil flows in the United States. … In 1904, Standard controlled 91 percent of production and 85 percent of final sales. … In 1909, the US Department of Justice sued Standard under federal anti-trust law, the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, for sustaining a monopoly and restraining interstate commerce …” (Wikipedia)
According to some sources Google is close to being a monopoly, a monopoly of information:
It’s common knowledge that Google has a monopolistic hold on search traffic. comScore’s widely cited numbers place Google’s search market share at 67%, followed by Bing at 19% and Yahoo at 10%. The Facebook and Google Duopoly, Shahzad Abbas, APRIL 14, 2015
According to Net Market Share the global marketing share percentage, in terms of the use of Search Engines heavily favoured Google throughout 2017 – averaging a net share of 74.54%. Search Engine Statistics 2018
In 2008 the United States Department of Justice came very close to filing an antitrust suit against Google:
In April 2008, the $157 billion company [Google] announced plans to pair up with Yahoo! Inc. in an agreement that would have allowed Yahoo to use Google to sell advertising on its own pages; Yahoo currently uses its own platform to do so.
But the Department of Justice wasn’t so keen on the proposed plan and notified Google that it would be slapped with an antitrust suit if it went ahead with the Yahoo agreement; just three hours before the DOJ was planning on filing suit, the deal was dropped. Is Google a Monopoly?, legalzoom
Wikipedia also defines a public utility as:
“Public utility. A public utility (usually just utility) is an organization that maintains the infrastructure for a public service (often also providing a service using that infrastructure). Public utilities are subject to forms of public control and regulation ranging from local community-based groups to statewide government monopolies.” Public Utility, Wikipedia
Should we see Google as a monopoly on what is properly seen as a public utility, a public information utility? Should the U.S. government prosecute Google under the Sherman Antitrust Act?