Items tagged "Monopoly"

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Why The AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Is Illegal.

June 22, 2011 AT&T , Competition , FCC , Monopoly , Wireless

Actually, there are several ways AT&T’s attempted purchase of T-Mobile could be illegal, the most obvious of which is if the Department of Justice (DoJ) concludes that the deal is “substantially likely to lessen competition” in violation of the antitrust laws. The next most likely way would be for the FCC to find that transfer of the licenses would be contrary to “the public interest, convenience, and necessity” under Section 310(d).

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PK In the Know Podcast

June 3, 2011 AT&T , Competition , FCC , Mobile Communication , Monopoly

In today’s jam-packed podcast, we discuss the AT&T/T-Mobile merger opposition filings, a new Tennessee law that makes it illegal to share your password, Lady Gaga and the future of digital music sales, Timothy B. Lee’s application of Doctored Reviews’ principles, and YouTube’s announcement that it is embracing Creative Commons licensing and remixing.

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The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Will Enhance AT&T’s Special Access Monopoly.

May 25, 2011 AT&T , Competition , FCC , Monopoly , Wireless

“Special Access” is one of those fun telecom terms that makes no sense to those outside of telecom. Briefly, it’s the rate that a regulated incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC), like AT&T, charges for certain non-residential telecom services. As you can see, even my attempt to describe in one sentence without jargon failed, that’s how complicated this is. However, like many very complicated things, Special Access is one of the important ingredients that goes into how much people pay for phone and broadband service. You can find a five minute video of me explaining Special Access and why everyone needs to care about it here.

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The Likely AT&T Playbook for Securing Authority to Acquire T-Mobile

March 29, 2011 Mobile Communication , Monopoly , Wireless

The following is a guest blog post by Rob Frieden, Professor of Telecommunications and Law at Penn State University.

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DOJ on Amended Google Books Settlement: Better, but Still Opposed

February 5, 2010 Competition , Fair Use , Google Book Search , Monopoly , Orphan Works

Sherwin posted last week about the amended Google Books settlement and our amicus brief expressing our opposition to the settlement as written and our concern that it would lead to a monopoly on providing access to orphan works. The DOJ's Antitrust Divison has once again weighed in on the settlment (their previous brief is here, with our analysis here). Their conclusions appear to be largely the same as ours: "Although the United States believes the parties have approached this effort in good faith and the [Amended Settlement Agreement (ASA)] is more circumscribed in its sweep than the original Proposed Settlement, the ASA suffers from the same core problem as the original agreement: it is an attempt to use the class action mechanism to implement forward-looking business arrangements that go far beyond the dispute before the Court in this litigation."

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DOJ Weighs in on Google Book Search Settlement

September 21, 2009 Competition , Fair Use , Google Book Search , Monopoly , Orphan Works

On Friday, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division submitted a "Statement of Interest of the United States of America" to the court about the proposed Google Book Search settlement. Its conclusion: "the Proposed Settlement does not meet the legal standards this Court must apply." It seems the DOJ shares both our hopes for and appreciation of the Google Book Search service and many of the concerns about the settlement that we expressed in our amicus brief filed two weeks ago.

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