Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia decided on 12 June 2018 that the acquisition of media conglomerate Time Warner by telecoms operator AT&T can go forward without any conditions or remedies, since he did not see any violation of antitrust law in the case.
This concludes six weeks of litigation and a 20-month transaction for AT&T, which was confronted in late 2017 with an antitrust lawsuit from the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ argued that the merger, if allowed to happen, would result in an anticompetitive scenario and harm consumers.
According to the decision, the US government failed to prove that the merged entity would:
- result in a substantial lessening of competition by improving the bargaining position of Time Warner negotiations with third-party distributors;
- harm online content distributors through its ownership of Time Warner content; or
- have any incentive to prevent rivals access to HBO as a distribution channel, as there is no evidence that substitutes for HBO are “inferior, inadequate or more costly”.
05 December 18
Webinar: Net neutrality: State of play in Europe
Watch the recording of this 1-hour webinar on the state of play of net neutrality in Europe, ahead of BEREC's evaluation of the net neutrality regulation and guidelines.
29 November 18
Key data on the Middle East and North Africa telecoms regulations landscape – now also covering Iraq
Cullen International published a new version of its Telecoms 'Country Profiles' for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This updated edition now also includes coverage of Iraq, in addition to the 11 MENA countries previously covered.
22 November 18
Competition policy in the digital economy
Our new 'Tracker' lists the issues being considered in the discussions about the role and boundaries of the appropriate competition policy in the digital economy in Europe, giving an overview of EU and national level initiatives taken so far (cases, studies, sector inquiries).