Items tagged "Monopoly"

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Let the Chips Fall Where They May: The 9th Circuit Gives Free Rein to Qualcomm’s Monopoly

August 13, 2020 anticompetitive practices , Competition Policy , court decision , Monopoly , Qualcomm

Some of my favorite movie moments are “reinforcement” scenes. Just when it appears the heroes are doomed, the music swells and unexpected allies arrive to save the day. You can probably picture the scenes: the resurrected Avengers arriving via portals in Avengers: Endgame or Gandalf and the Rohirrim’s grand entrance at Helm’s Deep. Many internet […]

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Public Knowledge Urges President Trump to Put Americans Before Monopolies as 100 Day Deadline Nears

April 25, 2017 Broadband , FCC , Monopoly , Net Neutrality

Rumors indicate that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai will soon announce a plan to roll back the agency’s landmark 2015 Open Internet Order. Public Knowledge urges President Trump to honor his campaign promises to put Americans before monopolies by preserving net neutrality rules as he nears the end of his first 100 days.

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Public Knowledge Calls Comcast Letter ‘Irrelevent’

December 3, 2009 Competition , Monopoly , Network Neutrality , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“Earlier today, Comcast issued a five-page letter which was supposed to address ‘public interest’ concerns about the merger with NBCU. The letter is irrelevant to our concerns, and did not address them at all.

“The letter said only that Comcast would obey existing programming access requirements (which don’t apply to terrestrially distributed programming), and would comply with requirements for programming for children. It made no mention of making programming available to other online providers.

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AT&T is Not Invincible

March 8, 2013 Broadband , Deregulation , Monopoly , Municipal Wi-Fi

The ill-considered bill in Georgia that would have prevented local communities from investing in their own broadband networks was defeated last night, and this is great news.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Regulating Networks and a Creators’ Freedom Project Update

April 13, 2012 Last Mile , Monopoly , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Non-Discrimination

On this week’s podcast we consider how to think about regulating networks, opportunities for boutique ISPs, and get an update on the Creators’ Freedom Project.

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Can AT&T Really Walk Away From The FCC While Keeping The T-Mobile Deal Alive?

November 25, 2011 Mobile Communication , Monopoly , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Wireless

We remember the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse as the end of the Civil War, despite the fact that Confederate forces remained in the field for several weeks thereafter. The announcement by AT&T and Deutsche Telekom (DT) that they have told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismiss their application to transfer T-Mo to AT&T “without prejudice” is rather similar.

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The Sprint Standing Skirmish: AT&T Loses Some Ground, DoJ Gets Road Map Forward.

November 4, 2011 AT&T , Competition , Monopoly , Wireless

Any tactician knows that battles can be won or lost by defining the battlefield. Skirmishes like the fight over whether Sprint and C. Spire (formerly Cell South) can go ahead with their private lawsuits against AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile help define the terrain for the bigger fights to come (order here). By ruling on what constitutes a recognizable injury under the antitrust rules and making preliminary determinations about the nature of the market, the Order sets the boundaries of what arguments DoJ can make and what it will need to do to prove its case. Where AT&T manages to have certain market definitions locked in and certain potential injuries excluded as not cognizable under antitrust in these early rounds, it gains an advantage.

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Why DoJ’s Win Against H&R Block Is Bad News For AT&T/T-Mo.

November 2, 2011 AT&T , Competition , Mobile Communication , Monopoly , Wireless

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DoJ) just won its lawsuit to block H&R Block from acquiring its smaller, “maverick” competitor Tax Act. Even with the actual Order sealed for a month to let parties scrub out the trade secrets, a few important things stand out for why this is good news for DoJ in its lawsuit to block AT&T taking over T-Mo. In sports terms, this is like DoJ having a super strong exhibition season going into the regular season of play. While you still need to play the games to see who wins, anyone facing them ought to be worried.

Here are my major takeaways from what we know so far:

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A Job-and-Pony Sideshow on the ATT/T-Mobile Merger

September 9, 2011 Antitrust , AT&T , Competition , Monopoly , Wireless

Just before the Justice Department announced that it was suing to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile, AT&T promised regulators that it would bring 5,000 call center jobs back into the country, if only the merger were approved. Amazon, facing the prospect of paying sales tax in California, promised it would bring 7,000 jobs if only they didn’t have to pay those taxes. After noting these parallel promises, Marketplace host Jeremy Hobson quipped, that he promised to create 10,000 jobs if he could be exempted from taxes—honest!

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AT&T’s Job One: Set the Record Straight on Jobs

September 7, 2011 AT&T , Monopoly , Wireless

As America returns to work from the Labor Day weekend and as our country faces an uncertain forecast on jobs for the unemployed, the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) lawsuit to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger was welcome news given that an estimated 20,000 Americans would lose their jobs if it was approved.

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