US: Turner CEO calls Gov “Clueless” about AT&T-Time Warner merger

US: Turner CEO calls Gov “Clueless” about AT&T-Time Warner merger

Turner CEO John Martin thinks his future bosses at AT&T have some work to do.  The telecommunications giants “have let us down,” Martin on Tuesday, February 13, told attendees at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, California. When asked if he meant AT&T, which is in the process of acquiring Turner parent company Time Warner, the […]

Proposals to Streamline Federal and State Regulatory Review of Transactions in the Communications Industry

Posted by Social Science Research Network Proposals to Streamline Federal and State Regulatory Review of Transactions in the Communications Industry By Samuel Feder (Jenner & Block LLP) Abstract:     Companies operating in the communications industry must pass through a series of regulatory requirements before they can engage in most transactions commonplace in other industries. In […]

Competition and Vertical/Agglomeration Effects in Media Mergers: Bagging Bundle Benefits

Posted by Social Science Research Network Competition and Vertical/Agglomeration Effects in Media Mergers: Bagging Bundle Benefits By Bronwyn E. Howell (Victoria University of Wellington) & Petrus H Potgieter (University of South Africa) Abstract:     Existing frameworks (such as used by the New Zealand Commerce Commission in its recent evaluation of the proposed merger between […]

Mexican Telecom Reform, Private Interest First?

Posted by Social Science Research Network Mexican Telecom Reform, Private Interest First? By Clara Luz Alvarez (Universidad Panamericana) Abstract:       Telecommunications reform, one of the pillars of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s highly-publicized structural reforms, was enacted to recognize as human rights access to: (i) information and communications technology; and (ii) broadcasting and telecommunications services, […]

Spain: Nokia Networks fined in antitrust case

Spain:  Nokia Networks fined in antitrust case

Spanish communications and competition regulator, CNMC, has fined Nokia Solutions and Networks Spain a total of EUR 1.74 million (US$1.94m) following anticompetitive behavior in the tender to modernize and maintain the country’s railway communication system on high-speed train lines. Specifically, the CNMC accused Nokia of abusing of its dominant position and engaging in a margin […]

Canada: Country ‘needs more mobile competition’, says regulator

Canada: Country ‘needs more mobile competition’, says regulator

Canadian mobile operators should expect more competition, the country’s telecom regulator warned during his last week of office. Jean-Pierre Blais, whose five-year term of office as head of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ends on Saturday, delivered this warning among a series of others in a speech to operators, politicians, officials and the […]

Italy: Watchdog gives Vivendi a year to cut stake in Telecom Italia

Italy: Watchdog gives Vivendi a year to cut stake in Telecom Italia

AGCOM said on Tuesday France’s Vivendi had one year to cut its stake in either Telecom Italia or broadcaster Mediaset to comply with Italian antitrust regulations. It added that the French media group needed to present the watchdog with a “specific plan of action” within 60 days. AGCOM opened an investigation into the French media […]

Spain: Price increases by telcos concerns watchdog

Spain: Price increases by telcos concerns watchdog

In the space of a few weeks, the three main telcos in Spain have increased their prices, causing concern from the market and competition authority. The president of the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, José María Marín Quemada, has stated that it is closely monitoring the market situation now that Telefónica, Vodafone […]

Philippines: Court keeps watchdog from probing PLDT-Globe deal

Philippines: Court keeps watchdog from probing PLDT-Globe deal

This week Court of Appeals denied the Philippine Competition Commission petition to proceed with its investigation on PLDT and Globe Telecom’s acquisition of a competitor’s assets. The court kept its injunction on the watchdogs’s review. It then directed the body to remove from its website a note which said that the P70-billion (1.4bn USD) deal […]

Coordinating Policies To Realize Benefits From The Digital Economy: The Case Of Mexico

Coordinating Policies To Realize Benefits From The Digital Economy: The Case Of Mexico

By Martin E. Cave & Ernesto Flores-Roux – The degree to which digitization has penetrated most sectors of the economy makes it extremely difficult to quantify its reach. Can we clearly separate brick and mortar business and digital activity? Can we isolate digital advances in typical technological industries from those that apply in less affected industries? […]

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