Items tagged "Mergers"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New York PSC’s Enforcement of Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger Agreement

July 27, 2018 Charter , CharterTWC , Competition , Mergers , Time Warner Cable

Today, the New York Public Service Commission has revoked its previous approval of the Charter/Time Warner Cable merger, finding among other things that Charter has failed to meet its broadband buildout requirements. Unless overturned, this action will mean that Charter will no longer be permitted to operate in the state of New York.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Chairman Pai’s Decision to Refer Sinclair Merger for Administrative Review

July 16, 2018 Anticompetitive mergers , FCC , Mergers , Sinclair , Tribune

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced circulation of a draft hearing designation order regarding the Sinclair-Tribune merger, which would likely terminate the deal.

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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 Requests FCC Delay Sinclair-Tribune Merger Review Pending D.C. Circuit Case

June 28, 2018 FCC , Mergers , Sinclair , Tribune , UHF discount

Today, Public Knowledge and Common Cause filed with the Federal Communications Commission a Request to Hold In Abeyance on the Sinclair-Tribune merger pending the outcome of the D.C. Circuit’s review of the FCC’s Order reinstating the UHF discount.

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Public Knowledge President to Testify Before Antitrust Subcommittee on Sprint/T-Mobile Deal

June 26, 2018 Competition , Mergers , Sprint , t-mo , Wireless Competition

Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Wednesday, June 27 at 2:30 p.m. His testimony in the hearing on “Game of Phones: Examining the Competitive Impact of the T-Mobile/Sprint Transaction” will argue that both Sprint and T-Mobile have aggressively competed with each other since the government rejected the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger in 2011.

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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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Public Knowledge Calls for Thorough Antitrust Review of Disney-Fox Deal to Protect Consumers

December 14, 2017 Anticompetitive mergers , Antitrust , Competition , DOJ , Mergers

Today, Walt Disney Co. announced a deal to acquire significant programming assets from 21st Century Fox Inc. The deal would unite two substantial content companies and mark the second media mega-merger to face antitrust scrutiny next year. Public Knowledge contends that this merger may pose harms to competition and consumers by further consolidating must-have programming assets and major motion picture studios, and ultimately leading to consumers paying higher prices for video content.

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Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman Submits Statement for Antitrust Hearing

December 12, 2017 Antitrust , Competition , Competition Policy , consumer protections , Mergers

Today, Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman submitted a statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition, and Consumer Rights. His statement in the December 13 hearing on “The Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust: Outdated or a Harbor in a Sea of Doubt?” contends we need more than antitrust law to promote market competition that benefits consumers.

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Public Knowledge Joins Conservative Groups Against AT&T-Time Warner Merger in DOJ Letter

October 26, 2017 AT&T , Competition , DOJ , Mergers , Time Warner

Today, Public Knowledge joined conservative groups — including the Tea Party Patriots and Frontiers of Freedom — in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting that the Department of Justice block or condition the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger.

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