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The FCC’s Unstructured Role in Transactions

BY | October 16, 2012

Larry Downes, Geoffrey Manne, Oct 15, 2012 Some of the most significant transactions singled out recently for intensive federal review involve the communications industry. These include the merger of Comcast…

Larry Downes, Geoffrey Manne, Oct 15, 2012

Some of the most significant transactions singled out recently for intensive federal review involve the communications industry. These include the merger of Comcast and NBCUniversal, the failed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, a multi-billion purchase of spectrum by Verizon from a consortium of cable companies and, just recently, the announced acquisition by T-Mobile USA of rival MetroPCS and Softbank’s offer for Sprint.

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