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AT&T is Not Invincible

March 8, 2013 Broadband , Deregulation , Monopoly , Municipal Wi-Fi

The ill-considered bill in Georgia that would have prevented local communities from investing in their own broadband networks was defeated last night, and this is great news.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Regulating Networks and a Creators’ Freedom Project Update

April 13, 2012 Last Mile , Monopoly , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Non-Discrimination

On this week’s podcast we consider how to think about regulating networks, opportunities for boutique ISPs, and get an update on the Creators’ Freedom Project.

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Can AT&T Really Walk Away From The FCC While Keeping The T-Mobile Deal Alive?

November 25, 2011 Mobile Communication , Monopoly , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Wireless

We remember the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse as the end of the Civil War, despite the fact that Confederate forces remained in the field for several weeks thereafter. The announcement by AT&T and Deutsche Telekom (DT) that they have told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismiss their application to transfer T-Mo to AT&T “without prejudice” is rather similar.

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The Sprint Standing Skirmish: AT&T Loses Some Ground, DoJ Gets Road Map Forward.

November 4, 2011 AT&T , Competition , Monopoly , Wireless

Any tactician knows that battles can be won or lost by defining the battlefield. Skirmishes like the fight over whether Sprint and C. Spire (formerly Cell South) can go ahead with their private lawsuits against AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile help define the terrain for the bigger fights to come (order here). By ruling on what constitutes a recognizable injury under the antitrust rules and making preliminary determinations about the nature of the market, the Order sets the boundaries of what arguments DoJ can make and what it will need to do to prove its case. Where AT&T manages to have certain market definitions locked in and certain potential injuries excluded as not cognizable under antitrust in these early rounds, it gains an advantage.

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Why DoJ’s Win Against H&R Block Is Bad News For AT&T/T-Mo.

November 2, 2011 AT&T , Competition , Mobile Communication , Monopoly , Wireless

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DoJ) just won its lawsuit to block H&R Block from acquiring its smaller, “maverick” competitor Tax Act. Even with the actual Order sealed for a month to let parties scrub out the trade secrets, a few important things stand out for why this is good news for DoJ in its lawsuit to block AT&T taking over T-Mo. In sports terms, this is like DoJ having a super strong exhibition season going into the regular season of play. While you still need to play the games to see who wins, anyone facing them ought to be worried.

Here are my major takeaways from what we know so far:

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