Items tagged "Antitrust"

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Public Knowledge Comment on Justice Department Filing on Comcast Merger

January 18, 2011 Antitrust , Comcast , Press Release

The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director for Public Knowledge:

“The Justice Department was correct to undertake such a rigorous antitrust analysis of the Comcast takeover of NBC Universal.  Such a transaction could be exceedingly harmful to the public and to competition in the online video and program access arenas.

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Public Knowledge Opposes Google Book Search Court Settlement

September 8, 2009 Antitrust , Google Book Search , Orphan Works , Press Release

Public Knowledge today told a Federal court in New York that the settlement between Google and the Authors' Guild over Google Book Search should not be approved in its present form. The brief is available here.

"Public Knowledge Google Book Search Amicus Brief"

In particular, Public Knowledge said it is concerned about the aspects of the complicated settlement that deal with orphan works — works whose copyright holders are unknown or who cannot be found.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes DoJ Investigation of Telecom Industry

July 6, 2009 Antitrust , AT&T , Competition , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“The Justice Department should be commended for taking a new look at potential antitrust issues in the telecommunications industry, reportedly focusing on the largest carriers. Consumers have suffered over the past 10 years as the industry has consolidated and strengthened its hold over which services can be offered and which equipment can be used. Competition is almost non-existent in crucial services for home and business use.

“This examination is long overdue. We expect that inquiry itself will be of great value.”

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Key Elements and Functions of a New Digital Regulatory Agency

February 13, 2020 Antitrust , Digital Agency , digital platforms , interoperability , Nondiscrimination , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

This piece was originally published by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, where Gene Kimmelman is a Senior Fellow. It’s an evolution on the ideas first laid out in Gene’s 2019 piece, “The Right Way to Regulate Digital Platforms.” Both are part of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project’s efforts to explain and disseminate […]

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Shot Across the Pond: UK Competition Authority Makes the Case for How to Regulate Google and Facebook

February 6, 2020 Antitrust , Big Tech , digital platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) released its interim report on digital advertising markets in December. The report deserves careful attention by U.S. policymakers and the public. Of course, the findings are “interim,” so they may change as the CMA receives feedback and compiles its final report. (In case you are not inclined […]

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Creating a news-media cartel would hurt local news

January 22, 2020 Antitrust , Big Tech , Future of News , journalism , Legislation , Local Journalism , Platform Competition

This piece was originally published in The Seattle Times. You can view it here on seattletimes.com. Local newspapers are experiencing a steady decline in traditional print-advertising revenue as technology giants like Google and Facebook profit from the digital ads that support their massive information distribution platforms. It’s no wonder that the major media association has […]

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Dish Could Be a Fine Competitor in Wireless – That’s Not the Point.

December 20, 2019 5G , Anticompetitive mergers , Antitrust , DISH , DISH Network , DOJ , FCC , Litigation , Spectrum , Sprint , Sprint/T-Mobile , T-Mobile , Wireless Competition

This week was the T-Mobile/Sprint merger trial’s second week, and it focused on the Department of Justice’s proposed remedy: having the combined TMO/Sprint spin off a number of assets to DISH and provide DISH with a bunch of other spectrum and network access rights to enable DISH to enter the market as a competing fourth […]

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The Right Way to Regulate Digital Platforms

September 19, 2019 Antitrust , Antitrust Law , digital platforms , interoperability , Platform Competition

This policy paper was originally published by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, where Gene Kimmelman is a Senior Fellow. It is now clear that antitrust enforcers are in full gear, from Europe to the United States and beyond, identifying actual or possible violations of law by companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon […]

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Keeping Thumbs Off the Scale: Nondiscrimination on Digital Platforms

August 28, 2019 Antitrust , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

In a recent podcast episode, economist Luigi Zingales related a joke familiar in tech circles: “Why did it take police years to find the body?” “It was buried on page two of Google’s search results!” The witticism rings all too true to internet users. We know that our likelihood of selecting a digital pathway is based […]

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UK Digital Competition Report Builds the Case for Platform Regulation

March 13, 2019 Antitrust , Charlotte Slaiman , EU , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , UK

The United Kingdom’s Digital Competition Expert Panel released its report, “Unlocking Digital Competition,” to the government yesterday. The report proposes policies that it says, “would create substantial benefits for UK consumers, businesses trying to start up and scale up in the UK, and greater predictability for the major digital companies.” The report argues that competition law and policy in the UK needs to be updated to address the current problems in the digital economy, but that additional tools beyond competition policy will have the biggest impact. “Strengthened antitrust enforcement, although having an important role, moves too slowly and, intentionally, resolves only issues narrowly focused on a specific case.”

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