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News Release
2/13/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog is calling on the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to block Comcast’s deal to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion because it is anti-competitive and not in the public interest. “Combining the two largest cable television providers into one company would...
News Story
2/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
New York (AFP) - Comcast unveiled plans Thursday to swallow Time Warner Cable in a deal uniting the two largest US cable operators, triggering calls to block the creation of a sector superpower. News of the $45.2 billion deal raised regulatory concerns about the reach of Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal's film and television assets and is one...
News Story
2/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The proposed acquisition raises concerns about the combined company's market power, opponents say IDG News Service - Antitrust enforcement agencies should reject a proposed US$45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast, because it would give the combined company huge market power in the broadband and cable TV industries, a...
News Story
2/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Comcast's planned $45 billion merger with Time Warner could wreak havoc on the open Web, consumer groups say. Before the deal was even officially announced, organizations like Free Press and Public Knowledge sounded an alarm. “An enlarged Comcast would be the bully in the schoolyard, able to dictate terms to content creators, Internet...
News Story
2/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumer advocates and U.S. lawmakers are worried that Comcast Corp's proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc will create a company with too much power to decide what Americans can watch on television and do online, and they expect intense regulatory scrutiny of the deal. Their concerns are intertwined...
News Release
2/12/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to press forward with an antitrust case against Google for unfairly manipulating search results favoring its own services damaging both competitors and consumers. “Google’s abuse of its monopolistic position is hurting competitors, limiting...
News Release
2/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog, a U.S. public interest group, has objected to the European Union’s College of Commissioners over the antitrust settlement deal with Google that was announced last week by the Commissioner for Competition, Vice President Joaquin Almunia, the group said today. In separate letters addressed to the...
News Story
2/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A U.S. consumer group on Monday added its voice to the growing criticism of Google’s proposed settlement with the European Union’s competition authorities. “We had been impressed with the strong position the Commission had taken in your investigation, unlike regulatory authorities in the United States,” wrote John Simpson,...
News Story
2/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust watchdog on Wednesday accepted "far-reaching" concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old case close to an end. Google would significantly change the ways it displays some search...
News Release
2/5/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The settlement to end the European antitrust investigation of Google described today by Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is unacceptable, Consumer Watchdog said and the group added that Google’s third Commitment document must be made public. “The deal as outlined by Almunia bizarrely not only allows...