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Top DOJ Official Baer Recused From Comcast Merger Review
by Karl Bode 07:05PM Thursday Mar 06 2014
The country's top antitrust official, Bill Baer, will be recused from reviewing Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, reports Reuters. Baer represented NBC Universal owner, General Electric, when Comcast successfully acquired NBC Universal back in 2011. Leading the antitrust review will be Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse and Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Gelfand. Renata Hesse was the FCC's top antitrust official during the review of the AT&T's rejected attempted takeover of T-Mobile.

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Millenium

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Go Renata Hesse!

Quash this before it happens so I don't have to give up internet.
TBBroadband

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Why? It won't change anything from what it is today. And why does Comcast buying TWC have anything to do with you giving up the Internet? But I'd be willing to bet that you'd never give it up even if the merger did go through.
Millenium

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said by TBBroadband:

Why?

I have Time Warner Internet now and I have no interest in becoming a Comcast customer.
tmc8080

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How would you like $600 docsis 3 modems and $15 rental fees, and byte/overage billing? Cut one less provider out in the top 60 markets and that's just a sample of what you'll get in the future.
smcallah

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There won't be one less provider in the top 60 markets, there will be exactly the same number after the Comcast/TWC merger.

TWC will never expand into Comcast's markets and vice versa.

Why do people keep acting like there will be one less competitor in existing markets? I'm just not getting that at all.

atuarre
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Just out of curiosity, are you an employee of Comcast?
lancguy

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And why should it matter if smcallah is employed by Comcast? It doesn't change the fact that Comcast doesn't directly compete with TimeWarner in most of the markets they serve.

djrobx
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And even if Comcast is blocked, Charter would probably swoop in and buy them. Out of the frying pan, into the friar.
tmc8080

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AT&T had 8 years to bring next generation broadband to BellSouth customers. Instead, they brought a pathetic pack of lies and headaches for the consumer with de-facto cable monopolies because of their inferior infrastructure build-- and that's where they decided to build at all. Making Comcast greedier does nothing to help the consumer or light a fire under AT&T to abandon DSL for fiber optics direct to the consumer.

Innovation reached a plateau with prices and services the consumer either can't access or afford. Therefore, it doesn't matter if you have one or the other. Your still screwed.

Nick5

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The issue is the pressure they can apply on Netflix and others (more likely TV networks in immediate future) with such large market control. Nobody is going to be able to stand to lose so many customers in a peering and/or broadcast fee dispute. Collusion was possible before, but under one company it's garenteed.

tshirt
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said by Millenium:

Quash this before it happens so I don't have to give up internet.

Wouldn't quashing it before her public investigation, imply the same sort of predetermined outcome not based on facts you oppose?
Or you don't care if it ends decision is the one you favor, it's only illegal favoritism if it goes against you?
Millenium

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said by tshirt:

Wouldn't quashing.....

Nope. "Quash this before it happens" means "Don't let it happen."

Go away Comcast. Go away!
clone

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Can you give one solid reason why? Or will you just keep saying "hurr, durr, I hatess the commcassst, durr!"?
Millenium

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said by clone:

Can you give one solid reason why?

That I don't like their service is as solid a reason as there is for me not to want them.

KrK
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What? Semblences of integrity?!?

What is this behavior? Conflicts of interests? Amazing.
Millenium

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Re: What? Semblences of integrity?!?

Let's hope. And hope Renata isn't getting a sweet consulting position with Comcast after she retires from the feds.
smcallah

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Re: What? Semblences of integrity?!?

The Fed? The Fed refers to the Federal Reserve Bank.
Bob61571

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Renata Hesse of the FCC .....any relation to CEO Dan Hesse of Sprint?

Anyone know??????
Unusual last name, but in the Telecom biz.....

loli
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Re: Renata Hesse of the FCC .....any relation to CEO Dan Hesse of Sprint?

5 seconds with Google
»www.fcc.gov/document/renata-hess ··· sactions

quote:
Washington, D.C. -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski
announced today the appointment of Renata Hesse as Senior Counsel to the Chairman for Transactions. Ms. Hesse (no relation to Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint)

fg8578

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Re: Renata Hesse of the FCC .....any relation to CEO Dan Hesse of Sprint?

Thanx for the info. I wondered the same thing.
mja1980

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Re: Renata Hesse of the FCC .....any relation to CEO Dan Hesse of Sprint?

They don't compete directly, like at&t and t-mobile do. This eliminates no competition, the real issue is how much market share of the actual channels Comcast will have if this goes through.
mja1980

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They don't compete directly, like at&t and t-mobile do. This eliminates no competition, the real issue is how much market share of the actual channels Comcast will have if this goes through. ...