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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc and the U.S. Department of Justice are discussing conditions the No. 2 wireless carrier needs to meet in order to win government antitrust approval for its acquisition of Time Warner Inc, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday. Read More.
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Corp (S.N) and T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) said on Saturday they have called off merger talks to create a stronger U.S. wireless company to rival market leaders, leaving No. 4 provider Sprint to engineer a turnaround on its own. Read More.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The proposed merger between U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp and No. 3 health insurer Aetna Inc represents a $66 billion bet that insurers can drive down high U.S. drug prices by cutting out the middleman. Read More.
The ACCC is rethinking the way it approaches spectrum competition issues ahead of the upcoming 5G auction, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said today. Read More.
In 2014, the European Commission imposed a EUR 20 million fine on Marine Harvest for “jumping the gun”. On 26 October 2017, the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) confirmed the European Commission’s decision (“Decision”). Read More.
Recently, the Bureau of Economics published "Conditional Pricing Practices -- A Short Primer" as part of its Economic Issues series. The primer surveys the theoretical economic literature on conditional pricing practices, focusing on how different CPPs can induce similar strategic responses from customers and rivals and have similar effects on competition despite taking different forms. Read More.
On 13 and 18 October 2017 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had launched four separate antitrust investigations into alleged anti-competitive practices regarding generic products in the pharmaceutical industry. Read More.
Is America really dominated by monopolies? And is antitrust the answer? Carl Shapiro is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, an expert in antitrust, and served at the Department of Justice during the Obama and Clinton administrations. He also served on the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama. Read More.
Economics at the FCC, 2016–2017: Auction Designs for Spectrum Repurposing and Universal Service Subsidies
uring the past year, Commission economists contributed to the agency’s ongoing efforts to use market-based mechanisms—such as auctions—to allocate spectrum and distribute universal service subsidies efficiently. Read More.
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