(PartiallyPolitics.com) Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced that the first hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee will focus on the “lack of competition” in the ticketing industry.

This comes two months after Ticketmaster failed to accommodate the demand for online presale of tickets for Taylor Swift’s tour, which led to many fans being unable to purchase tickets. Following this incident, Klobuchar sent a letter to Ticketmaster’s CEO in which she noted that the company had abused its position within the market as well as violated a consent decree. Klobuchar noted that this incident made it obvious that the ticketing industry was suffering from the lack of competition and the problems that had caused. Klobuchar is the chair of the Judiciary panel’s Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights.

As she noted the hearing will focus on the negative effects of the consolidated ticket industry not only on fans and ticket purchasers but also on artists who rely on these platforms. As she pointed out in her release, the lack of competition means that everyone is forced to accept exorbitant fees, websites that can’t handle demand, increased waiting times, and a general lack of innovation.

She added that competition was key in pushing industries to become better and offer better services to consumers.

Lee similarly noted that consumers “deserve” competition in every industry and market and that all these mergers and consolidations have only led to more problems for the already struggling entertainment industry.

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