Franken Wants DoJ, FCC to Address Verizon-Comcast Deal
Senator Al Franken has written the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission urging them to consider Comcast's "questionable compliance" with the conditions described in the Comcast-NBC Universal deal when assessing the Verizon Wireless AWS spectrum purchase from SpectrumCo. Franken alleges that Comcast has already proven that it won't stick to conditions it agreed to when it purchased NBC, and that it's possible Comcast won't stick to conditions set for the Verizon AWS spectrum purchase and joint-marketing agreements, should the DoJ and FCC approve them. "I am doubtful that behavioral conditions can be structured with sufficient precision to prevent competitive harm. I hope your agencies will be mindful of this when assessing the potential competition implications of Verizon and Comcast's decision to form a joint venture and jointly market each others' products and services. I am particularly concerned that this type of coordination and collaboration will only further harm consumers and will throttle competition in the online video space, and I urge you to closely examine these issues in the course of your investigations." The FCC recently extended its review of the proposed spectrum purchases by 21 days.
from Office of Senator Al Franken
FCC and Justice Dept. Likely to Approve AT&T-DirecTV Deal
The FCC and Department of Justice are wrapping up their review of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV and don't have any real concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. The agencies may still impose conditions on the deal, but aren't likely to block it, says the Wall Street Journal.
Comcast to Launch Mobile Phone Service Mid-Year
Comcast intends to sell wireless service alongside its internet, TV, and home phone offerings later this year. Comcast has not built its own wireless network; rather, it is making good on a reseller agreement it signed with Verizon Wireless back in 2012.
Comcast, Charter to Develop Wireless Products Together
Comcast and Charter Communications today announced plans to work together on future wireless initiatives. Both companies already acts as MVNOs and resell service from Verizon Wireless.
Charter Joins Comcast with Plans to Launch Wireless
Charter Communications followed Comcast's lead this week and also disclosed plans to offer wireless service in the future. Charter's offering will mirror that of Comcast's.
Comcast Targeting Mid-2017 for Wireless Network Launch
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts today said the company plans to offer wireless service as soon as the middle of 2017. The service will rely on some 15 million WiFi hotspots Comcast has located around the country, as well as cellular access via Verizon Wireless.