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Political Discretion and Antitrust Policy: Evidence from the Assassination of President McKinley
The transition from McKinley to Roosevelt caused one of most significant changes in antitrust enforcement Gilded Age—not new legislation_ but a change approach taken existing law
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2 days ago by brycecovert
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RT : Judge Koh (ND Cal) sided with over in case related to standard essential , findin…
patents  antitrust  from twitter
8 days ago by edelagrave
HBO Gets First Blackout Ever After Channels Pulled at Dish - Bloomberg
AT&T Inc.’s HBO and Cinemax programs were pulled from Dish Network Corp.’s satellite service after the companies failed to reach a new distribution agreement, setting up a real-life “Game of Thrones” between two of the biggest players in pay TV.

It is the first time in HBO’s more than four-decade history that programming has been blocked at a distribution partner over a contract dispute, according to the premium cable network, which was acquired by AT&T as part of its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner in June.

Dish opposed the Time Warner deal and had concerns about excess leverage in programming discussions -- a risk that the U.S. Justice Department warned about when it tried to stop the takeover.

The dispute centers on demands by HBO that Dish pay for a guaranteed number of subscribers, regardless of how many consumers actually subscribe to the network, Dish said. About 2.5 million of Dish’s 13 million customers subscribe to HBO.

AT&T Inc.’s HBO and Cinemax programs were pulled from Dish Network Corp.’s satellite service after the companies failed to reach a new distribution agreement, setting up a real-life “Game of Thrones” between two of the biggest players in pay TV.

It is the first time in HBO’s more than four-decade history that programming has been blocked at a distribution partner over a contract dispute, according to the premium cable network, which was acquired by AT&T as part of its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner in June.

Dish opposed the Time Warner deal and had concerns about excess leverage in programming discussions -- a risk that the U.S. Justice Department warned about when it tried to stop the takeover.

The satellite-TV provider said the channels went dark at midnight Wednesday for its customers and subscribers of its Sling TV online service. The dispute centers on demands by HBO that Dish pay for a guaranteed number of subscribers, regardless of how many consumers actually subscribe to the network, Dish said. About 2.5 million of Dish’s 13 million customers subscribe to HBO.

Ruling Appealed
Dish made the move as the Justice Department is trying to appeal a federal court ruling that allowed AT&T, the largest TV service provider, to purchase Time Warner -- a business that was renamed WarnerMedia after the deal.

While seeking takeover approval, AT&T had offered to not pull content as part of contract negotiations, though that applied only to Turner shows and not HBO. In its lawsuit to block the AT&T takeover of Time Warner, the Justice Department dismissed the proposal as a flawed remedy that has no oversight and expires after seven years.
monopoly  antitrust 
13 days ago by brycecovert
Economists think antitrust policy should pay more attention to workers - Free exchange
In a recent paper Suresh Naidu, Eric Posner and Glen Weyl put forward three explanations for this. First, legal theory since the 1960s has embraced the idea that a merger’s economic efficiency ought to be judged solely by its effects on consumers. Second, regulators have not caught up with the emerging conclusion that labour markets may not always be competitive. Third, any harms to workers were thought to be best dealt with by labour-market regulation and trade-union bargaining, rather than by ...
antitrust 
14 days ago by elrob
Consumers can ‘pay’ for better broadband with higher prices or reduced choice - analysys mason Oct 2018
"Consumers can ‘pay’ for better broadband with higher prices or reduced choice"

“Investment, regulation and competition investigations are shifting to focus on full-fibre broadband networks, but consumer revenue is what is needed to pay for fibre”

"Consumer revenue is the essential part of the business case for FTTP/B networks ... the full-fibre take-up in Western European countries with a relatively high spend on broadband services has increased significantly"

"(De)regulation and relaxation of competition/merger rules may support higher prices and reduce the intensity of price competition, but can this revenue be used to benefit fibre network investment?"
AnalysysMason  broadband  competition  antitrust 
14 days ago by pierredv
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FTC  Qualcomm  antitrust  from twitter_favs
29 days ago by edelagrave
Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea - The New York Times
Why Amazon could still be regulated under anti-trust laws. e.g. it may have low prices / happy customers but that doesn't mean it isn't killing other players.
amazon  antitrust  business  regulation 
5 weeks ago by traggett
Amazon’s stranglehold | ILSR
Amazon has quietly positioned itself at the center of a growing share of our daily activities and transactions, extending its tentacles across our economy, and with it, our lives. Today, half of all U.S. households are subscribed to the membership program Amazon Prime, half of all online shopping searches start directly on Amazon, and Amazon captures nearly one in every two dollars that Americans spend online. Amazon sells more books, toys, and by next year, apparel and consumer electronics than any retailer online or off, and is investing heavily in its grocery business.
antitrust  corporatism  shopping  capitalism  regulation 
6 weeks ago by altoii

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