Items tagged "Competition"

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Time for the FTC to Study Data and Labor Market Competition Issues

September 13, 2018 Antitrust , Charlotte Slaiman , Competition , Competition Policy , FTC , Platform Competition

The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a series of historic public hearings on the future of antitrust law that begin today. Gene Kimmelman, the President of Public Knowledge, is participating in the hearings. To continue these efforts to examine developments in competition throughout the economy, the FTC should launch two important studies to examine: 1) the impact of big data on platform power, and 2) the impact of consolidation on America’s workers. Americans are concerned about competition, but we don’t have the information we need in order to know whether it is stronger agency enforcement or possibly other policy tools that are needed to address these concerns.

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DOJ’s Proposed T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Remedy Puts Consumers, Competition at Risk, State AGs Should Continue Litigation

July 26, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , DOJ , Mergers , SprintT-Mobile

After more than a year of review, the Department of Justice announced today that it has approved the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger, the divestiture of prepaid brands and customers, as well as several side agreements designed to accelerate Dish Network’s entry into the wireless market.

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Let’s Complain About Cable: Hidden Fees and What You Can do About Them

August 2, 2018 Cable Pricing , Competition , Set-Top Boxes

In moving off my university’s campus, I experienced one of today’s newest and least revered rites of passage into adulthood: frustration with my cable provider. Aside from my appointment being rescheduled twice and the representative on the phone trying to convince me that bundling my services was a matter of life or death, I found there to be a surprise or two in my bill. Cable companies advertise a certain price, but then upon receiving their bill consumers learn of the staggering number of fees that are often tacked on.

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No Shortage of Ways to Bring TV Prices Down

July 30, 2018 Cable Pricing , Competition , Future of Video , Set-Top Boxes , Video Marketplace

This recent story (paywalled) about the financial challenges YouTube TV and other “virtual cable” providers face is a good illustration of some points we’ve been making at Public Knowledge for a while. As the story notes, “these streaming services have yet to figure out how to make money. In fact, the more people they sign up, the more money they lose. That’s because the services are paying more for programming than what they’re charging consumers.”

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Public Knowledge Applauds State Attorneys General Moving to Block Illegal T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

June 11, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , FCC , Sprint , T-Mobile

Today, 10 state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, announced that they have filed a multi-state lawsuit to stop the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Plaintiffs include New York, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Public Knowledge President to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee on Regulating Digital Platforms

June 10, 2019 Competition , digital platforms , Online Platforms , testimony

Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law this Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. His testimony in the hearing on “Open Platforms and Market Power, Part 1: The Free and Diverse Press” will argue that it’s time to pair antitrust law with the right regulatory framework to promote competition among digital platforms.

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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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Public Knowledge Applauds Bipartisan House Judiciary Effort to Identify and Address Problems in the Tech Sector

June 3, 2019 Antitrust , Competition , Competition Policy

Today, the House Judiciary Committee announced that it is launching a bipartisan investigation into whether large technology companies are behaving in anticompetitive ways, and whether existing competition law can adequately address the challenges posed by these digital giants. A careful analysis will enable Congress to better consider whether it should pass stronger competition laws targeting technology companies.

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Public Knowledge: DOJ Should Follow Staff Recommendation, Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

May 22, 2019 Competition , DOJ , Mergers , SprintT-Mobile , T-MobileSprint

This morning, Reuters reported that the career attorneys at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division have recommended the agency file a lawsuit to block the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger. This reporting follows Monday’s announcement by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai that he would recommend the FCC approve the deal. State Attorneys General and the California Public Utilities Commission also continue to review the transaction. Public Knowledge opposes the transaction as a member of the 4Competition Coalition, filed a Petition to Deny with the FCC, and testified against the deal on Capitol Hill.

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Judge Rules Qualcomm’s Practices Violate Antitrust Law

May 22, 2019 Antitrust , Competition , FTC , Litigation , Qualcomm

Today, Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District Court of California ruled that Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices violate the Federal Trade Commission Act.

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