Items tagged "Mergers"

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Amazon in Review: What the Amazon-Whole Foods Merger Teaches Us About Antitrust

August 29, 2017 Antitrust , Antitrust Law , Competition , Competition Policy , Mergers

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission approved the merger between internet-giant Amazon and Whole Foods, the original organic grocer. You may be surprised how quickly the merger passed regulatory muster, especially given the public’s desire for strong antitrust enforcement to promote vigorous competition and equity in our economy, including our digital one. You may be wondering: Is this a case of weak enforcement? Is it proof that today’s antitrust doctrine is useless for digital-age companies? Or are critics of growing digital market concentration simply wrong to express concern? My guess is “none of the above.” Here’s why.

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Argentina’s Dangerous Path Toward Media and Communications Dominance

July 20, 2017 Argentina , Competition , International , Mergers , OTT Content

Imagine if Comcast owned iHeartradio, the New York Times, and AT&T. And in many places, your only option for an Internet Service Provider is Comcast. Your news would be provided by Comcast. Your cable TV: Comcast. Your favorite radio stations: also Comcast. Scary, right? Yet, that is exactly what will happen in South America’s second largest economy, Argentina, if the proposed merger of Cablevision (the telecom branch of Grupo Clarín, Argentina’s largest media conglomerate) and Telecom (one of the two telecommunications companies resulting from the privatization of Argentina’s national monopoly in 1990) goes through.

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The FCC Must Work to Ensure the Public Interest in the Wake of the AT&T/DirecTV Merger

July 28, 2015 ATTDirectv , Competition , Mergers

The FCC has recently released the full text of its Order approving the merger of AT&T and DirecTV, with conditions. While we’re pleased that the Commission has addressed many of the most important competitive issues we have raised with this merger, we remain concerned that FCC has not done everything we believe would have been helpful to prevent competitive harms.

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