While several members of Congress made use of tools unique to videoconferencing—sharing their screens, showing charts up close, and playing audio–old habits were hard to break. During his questioning of Google’s Sundar Pichai, Colorado Rep. Ken Buck stuck to the tried-and-true Congressional photo-sharing app: an image printed on a large poster board and placed on an easel. Unfortunately, the easel was too tall for the shot.

Jim Buck gestures at the corner of a poster board that is mostly offscreen

Ironically for a hearing on competitive tech practices, videoconferencing has seen plenty of competition lately. Google Meets, Facebook Messenger Rooms, Zoom, BlueJeans, and international competitors like JioMeet, are all vying for a share of the video chat market, which has gotten much bigger since the pandemic sent millions of people into the world of remote work.

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