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AT&T is Reminding Us Why the Video Marketplace Was Traditionally Highly Regulated

June 3, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , AT&T , AT&T Time Warner , ATTTime Warner , Data Caps , Media Consolidation , Net Neutrality , Time Warner

When Public Knowledge came out against the proposed AT&T/Time Warner merger in 2017, we were worried that the merger would create both the incentive for the combined company to withhold, or charge more for its own content to rival distributors, and to discriminate against competing content on its own distribution services. The merger went through […]

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Public Knowledge Disappointed by DC Circuit Allowing AT&T/Time Warner Merger Decision to Stand

February 26, 2019 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , Litigation , Mergers , Time Warner

Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the district court’s earlier opinion, which permitted the AT&T/Time Warner merger to proceed, to stay in place. Public Knowledge supported the Justice Department’s challenge of the merger.

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Public Knowledge Responds to DOJ Appealing AT&T-Time Warner Case

July 12, 2018 ATTTime Warner , Competition , DOJ , Mergers , Time Warner

Today, the Department of Justice filed for an appeal in the AT&T-Time Warner merger case. In June, Judge Richard J. Leon ruled that the the $85 billion merger could go forward.

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Public Knowledge Disappointed By Ruling Permitting AT&T/Time Warner Mega-Merger To Proceed

June 12, 2018 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , Competition , merger , Time Warner

Today, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued its decision in United States v AT&T, with Judge Richard J. Leon ruling that the the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger can go forward.

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Consumer Federation of America, Public Knowledge: The DOJ’s Case Against the AT&T-Time Warner Merger

March 13, 2018 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , DOJ , Mergers , Time Warner

Today, Consumer Federation of America, in collaboration with Public Knowledge, published a paper explaining why the government’s case against the AT&T-Time Warner merger is both warranted and consistent with past enforcement practices. The paper also demonstrates the necessity of the case to prevent possible coordination among dominant firms that would likely thwart the development and expansion of innovative online video platforms as well as cheaper alternatives to traditional cable and satellite services.

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Court Denies AT&T’s Requests for Internal DOJ Communications in Antitrust Lawsuit

February 20, 2018 Anticompetitive mergers , ATTTime Warner , Competition , DOJ , Mergers

Today, U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Leon denied AT&T’s request for certain documents and testimony in its defense against the Department of Justice’s charge that its proposed acquisition of Time Warner violates antitrust laws. AT&T has argued that it is subject to “selective enforcement,” that is, that the DOJ’s motivation in bringing the case is primarily political, and motivated by President Trump’s well-known dislike of CNN, a Time Warner property. The DOJ rejects this contention, maintaining that the DOJ’s Antitrust Division alone decided to bring this case.

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AT&T Raises Prices After Merger Approval, Proves DoJ Was Right to Sue

March 13, 2019 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , DOJ , Litigation , Time Warner Cable

In light of AT&T’s decision to raise the prices on DirecTV Now subscribers by $10/month, and to drop channels like MTV, Comedy Central, BET, and BBC America (while adding more AT&T-owned content to the bundle), it’s worth reviewing some of what the telecom giant claimed during the recent trial over its merger with Time Warner:

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In the Aftermath of the AT&T/Time Warner Decision, There’s Still Hope

June 19, 2018 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , Competition , Mergers , Time Warner

Last week was a difficult week for antitrust and consumer rights advocates. On Monday, the net neutrality rules (the ones that kept internet service providers from acting as gatekeepers of the internet) officially went off the books. (We are, of course, fighting to bring them back.) The next day, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon issued a ruling permitting the AT&T/Time Warner mega-merger to proceed, in a lawsuit brought on by the Department of Justice. This ruling was more troubling news for consumers, as well as for the future of online competition.

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