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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
6/12/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on federal regulators to block Google’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Waze, developers of a mobile mapping application, on antitrust grounds.   The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group made the case against the deal in letters to both the Department of Justice and the...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
U.S. antitrust agencies should block Google's proposed acquisition of crowdsourced mapping app Waze because the deal would take away Google's major competitor in mobile maps, consumer group Consumer Watchdog said. Google's proposed acquisition [1] would remove the most "viable" competitor to Google Maps on mobile devices,...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's acquisition of Israeli maps and traffic data firm Waze should be blocked on antitrust grounds, according to Consumer Watchdog. It is calling on regulators in the United States to block the billion dollar acquisition, writing to both the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and to the Federal Trade Commission. The deal will require...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
US pressure group asks Department of Justice to investigate search giant's $1.3bn takeover of Israel-based traffic app The US Department of Justice has been urged to block Google's $1.3bn acquisition of the traffic app Waze, on antitrust grounds. John Simpson, the privacy project director of Consumer Watchdog, a US pressure group, has...
News Story
6/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog believes that with Google’s purchase of competing major maps app Waze, the company is in prime position to take over the maps market. The group wrote a letter “urging’ the Federal Trade Commission to block the acquisition deal today. Yesterday, Google confirmed that is purchasing Waze, a maps app that focused on...
News Story
4/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google once appeared headed for major clashes with regulators — in the United States or Europe, or both — as government officials sought to curb alleged abuses by one of the world’s most powerful and profitable technology companies. But the clouds over Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters have largely cleared over the past...
Blog Post
12/2/2011
Posted by Laura Antonini
Consumers can claim another victory in the AT&T/T-Mobile merger battle. Regulators listened to our warnings about the wireless giant’s false promises to consumers and are now blocking the deal. On the heels of AT&T’s decision to withdraw its merger application, the FCC delivered what may just be the final nail in the...