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Process Matters: Harold Feld’s Guide to the Time Warner Cable/Comcast Merger

| Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/process-matters-harold-felds-guide-to-the-time-warner-cablecomcast-merger/

The proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal will be on everyone’s mind for many months to come. Thanks to Harold Feld, it is now possible to follow the process as it moves forward. Feld began a series of posts earlier this month that map out the review as it moves from the Department of Justice Antitrust Division to the Federal Communications, and finally to Congress. As Feld notes, the entire process will last six months at least and could run for more than a year. 

In addition to drawing a process map, Feld provides insightful subtleties on the purpose behind each step in the review. He also offers political analysis that may influence the outcome. Feld gets into the unique review process, burdens of proof, and relevant definitions at each stop along the way. Highly recommended, especially for law students.

Part I – Introduction

Part II – Antitrust Review at the DOJ

Part III – Federal Communications Commission analyzes public interest

Part IV – The proposal moves through the committee process and the public has a chance to express themselves to their elected officials (including lobbyists)