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UMG/EMI: The Next Innovation Bottleneck

August 15, 2012 AT&T , Comcast , Competition , Innovation , UMGEMI

While much attention has focused on whether European antitrust regulators will allow the major label Universal to buy one of its competitors, EMI, the proposed merger has also attracted the attention of US antitrust authorities in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Senate. In the US context, this merger bears some important similarities to recent proceedings like the Comcast/NBCU merger and the failed AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

Universal/EMI and AT&T/T-Mobile: Taking Over a Maverick Competitor

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PK In The Know Podcast: Comcast Data Caps, Tethering, and Craigslist

August 3, 2012 Comcast , Data Caps , FCC

On today’s podcast we discuss a petition to stop Comcast from exempting itself from its data cap, playing the long game to allow cell phone tethering, and Craigslist’s decision to sue people trying to make the site more user friendly.

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The FCC Must Prevent Comcast from Discriminating Against Online Video Competititors

August 1, 2012 Comcast , Data Caps , Future of Video

Today, Public Knowledge asked the FCC to address Comcast’s decision to exempt its own online video service from the data caps that it imposes on its subscribers.  Specifically, Public Knowledge filed a petition calling on the FCC to enforce the conditions that it imposed on the Comcast/NBC-Universal merger.

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Sony Delays Online Video Service Due to Comcast Data Cap

May 1, 2012 Comcast , Competition , Data Caps , MVPD

Data caps prevent online video offerings that compete with – and potentially replace – cable TV.  But don’t take our word for it.  Just ask Sony.

Last fall, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sony was planning an online video service – something like a virtual cable company.  For a fee, Sony would offer you a bunch of channels and deliver them over the internet.  This model is great because it allows new companies to offer TV content and compete with cable companies.  The only problem is that it relies on the fat broadband pipes that the cable companies control.

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Verizon and Cable Cos Keep Playing Games

April 12, 2012 Broadband , Comcast , Competition , FCC , Patent

Verizon and the cable companies have always been reluctant to answer the tough questions about their proposed deals to team up rather than compete on voice, video, and data services, but now they’re even going so far as to try to stop potential opponents of the deals from participating in the FCC’s review at all. The FCC shouldn’t indulge this kind of gamesmanship and should give all interested parties a meaningful opportunity to make thoughtful, well-informed arguments about these deals.

Yesterday Verizon and the cable companies filed an objection to try to stop Netflix’s outside counsel from reading the companies’ license transfer, agency, resale, and Joint Operating Entity agreements.

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