Antitrust obstacles can't be ruled out, as the two companies control more than 80% of the U.S. search advertising market. Several analysts have said a Google-Yahoo partnership will face regulatory scrutiny — intense enough to be deal-breaking.
Microsoft spokesman Jack Evans referred The Associated Press to a comment that the company's general counsel, Brad Smith, made last month regarding a Google-Yahoo agreement. He said then it "would make the market far less competitive, in sharp contrast to our own proposal to acquire Yahoo."
ComScore said recent data for April shows that Google has increased its share of the online search market, snaring nearly 62% of searches performed in the United States. Yahoo's share for the month was 20%, while Microsoft captured about 9%, both declines for those companies.
Google spokesman Adam Kovacevich said that Page met with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin and Commissioner Michael Copps and Reps. Ed Markey, D-Mass., John Dingell, D-Mich., and Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., regarding the white spaces issue.