Antitrust Enforcement Yields Increased Investment in Wireless

Date: 29 Oct 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We have long argued that smart antitrust policy promotes investment and competition in the market. Allowing a few firms to consolidate too much power allows them to ignore our needs because we lack alternative service providers. In economic terms, they can use their market power to prevent market entry from innovative new firms. Harold Feld recented … Read More

Antitrust Allegations Against Comcast Nothing New

Date: 5 Sep 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We have frequently written of Comcast’s anti-consumer actions past posts, so we were not surprised to learn that the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently decided to investigate the cable company for antitrust. The borders between antitrust and hyper competitive business practices are grey; Comcast has experimented in the shadows on more than one occasion. We looked into one nine-year-old case, that recently advanced in … Read More

Unions and DSL Customers: Verizon Knocks Out Two Birds With One Stone

Date: 21 Aug 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you are a current or potential Verizon customer, by now you know that you no longer have the option to order stand alone DSL. When the business decision became public knowledge in April, DSL Reports.com looked into the apparent step backward and found existing customers were grandfathered in but: However, if you disconnect and reconnect, … Read More

Local Ownership Makes Communities Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser

Date: 18 Jul 2012 | posted in: Retail | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Most policymakers don’t imagine that their economic development decisions will affect such things as voter turnout or the prevalence of chronic disease. But a growing body of research is finding that scale and ownership of business matter in ways that extend far beyond economic outcomes.… Read More

Justice Department Abets Amazon’s E-Book Monopoly

Date: 20 Jun 2012 | posted in: Retail | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For years, Amazon has used its size and market power to bully publishers and keep other retailers from competing in the e-book market.  And, for years, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has done nothing to constrain Amazon’s abuses or bring about a more competitive marketplace. So it was quite a shock last month when the … Read More

Five Cities Denounce Verizon/Comcast Spectrum Deal

Date: 6 Jun 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you live in Boston, Baltimore, Albany, Syracuse, or Buffalo, you won’t be getting FiOS from Verizon. Absent any public investment, you will likely be stuck with DSL and cable… like 80% of the rest of us. Not long after Verizon announced it would cease expanding FiOS, we learned that Verizon was coming to an arrangement … Read More

The Walmart de Mexico Scandal: Here’s a Punishment that Befits the Crime

Date: 27 Apr 2012 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By bribing officials, Walmart was able to outpace its competitors, opening new stores so fast they had no time to react. In just a few years, Walmart came out of nowhere to dominate the Mexican economy. But, as any athlete or other competitor knows, if you’re caught cheating your way to a win, then you most certainly do not get to keep the prize.… Read More

Death of the Category Killers

Date: 23 Jun 2009 | posted in: Retail | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Borders Books is on "death watch," according to one industry observer. Virgin shut down its last U.S. record store this month. Office Depot and Staples are struggling.  Circuit City is gone.  Best Buy has launched a desperate ad campaign.

While the decline of independent businesses has leveled off, the rest of the retail sector is undergoing dramatic consolidation as a small number of massive companies become ever more dominant. This is an ominous trend for manufacturers and consumers, and it exposes serious flaws in U.S. antitrust policy.  … Read More

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