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News Release
3/24/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner because the deal “violates antitrust laws and is not in the public interest.” “The consolidation of the largest cable television...
Video
2/13/2014
Comcast and Time Warner has proposed a merger to unite the two media giants. The American Consumer Satisfaction Index ranked both companies' television and Internet services the lowest in the nation. Will this monopoly bring lower prices, or angry customers? John Simpson held a press conference today to talk about the concerns many of us are...
Video
2/13/2014
Comcast and Time Warner's planned $44 billion merger may not bring much joy for their  subscribers.The combined company would bring cable or Internet service to about a third of American subscribers. That would give Comcast, which is already the nation's largest TV, Internet and home phone provider, an even more sizable lead on its...
News Release
2/13/2014
CONTACT 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 Release
6/12/2013
CONTACT 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...
Blog Post
12/2/2011
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...
News Release
12/2/2011
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WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called for a federal investigation into the "Spyphone Scandal", in which software embedded in smartphones surreptitiously tracks users' activities, including their keystrokes and numbers they dialed. The probe should extend beyond the software developer, Carrier IQ, and include...
Blog Post
9/9/2011
By John M. Simpson
More examples of Google's powerful grip on the Internet surfaced this week and its acquisition of the venerable restaurant reviewer, Zagat, raised new concern about how the Internet giant will use its monopoly power in the future. Being a monopoly is not in itself illegal. If you developed the position naturally without breaking any laws,...