Items tagged "Media Consolidation"

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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 Responds to FCC Vote to Lift Media Ownership Cap

December 14, 2017 FCC , Media Consolidation , Media Ownership , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modify or eliminate the 39 percent national audience reach cap that prevents broadcast stations from owning too much of the market. The NPRM will also seek comment on the UHF discount used by broadcast television station groups to calculate compliance with the audience reach cap.

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FCC Eliminates Media Consolidation Rules, Harming Competition and Viewpoint Diversity

November 16, 2017 FCC , Media Consolidation , Media Diversity , Media Ownership

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve an Order on Reconsideration and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on media consolidation. This order eliminated rules that limit any one entity from owning too many newspaper, radio, and television entities within a local market. These rules were essential in helping to protect viewpoint diversity, locally created content, and competition.

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Public Knowledge, Groups Warn Attorney General Sessions of Dangers of AT&T-Time Warner Merger

July 13, 2017 AT&T , Competition , Media Consolidation , Mergers , Time Warner

Today, Public Knowledge joined 13 groups in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting that the Department of Justice reject the proposed AT&T/Time Warner merger.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Comcast, Charter Anti-Competitive Wireless Deal

May 8, 2017 Comcast , DOJ , FCC , Media Consolidation , Mergers

Today, Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications announced an agreement to “explore potential opportunities for operational cooperation in… wireless businesses.” A major component of the deal includes an arrangement not to merge with or acquire another wireless company without the other party’s consent for one year.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Plan to Acquire Tribune Media

May 8, 2017 broadcast , DOJ , FCC , Media Consolidation , Video Marketplace

Today, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Tribune Media for an estimated $3.9 billion. Among other things, Sinclair and Tribune are both large broadcast companies that control TV stations in many local markets.

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Fewer Voices In Our Communities: The FCC Supports More Media Ownership Consolidation

November 14, 2017 Competition , FCC , Media Consolidation , Media Diversity , Media Ownership

Imagine living in a town where the only local daily newspaper, two of the top four television broadcasters, and some local radio stations are all owned by the same entity. An owner might promote one political ideology or favor particular beliefs, leaving different viewpoints simply unheard. This poses many dangers, and runs contrary to the principles of a country that prides itself on the First Amendment and the benefits of robust public dialogue. This Twilight Zone-esque hypothetical may now become reality when the Federal Communications Commission moves to scrap central portions of its historic media ownership rules at the Open Meeting on Thursday. The current media ownership rules limit any one entity from owning too many of the newspaper, radio, and/or television entities within a local market, in order to ensure viewpoint diversity. These rules are under attack.

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