WASHINGTON(AFP) - Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has agreed to testify at a US Senate hearing into online competition in September. Google had initially been reluctant to send Schmidt or chief executive Larry Page to the hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. But subcommittee chairman Herb Kohl, a Democrat from Wisconsin, said Friday that the Internet search giant had agreed to send Schmidt, who stepped down as CEO in April to become executive chairman. We look forward to Eric Schmidts participation at our Antitrust Subcommittee hearing in September, Kohl said in a statement. This will allow us to have a truly informational and thorough public hearing.