Comcast Gamed FCC for Internet Essentials "Concession" in NBC Merger

Date: 3 Dec 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last year, when Comcast unveiled its Internet Essentials program, the corporate powerhouse received accolades from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The program was promoted as an example of corporate philanthropy helping to bridge the digital divide. Comcast received all kinds of … 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 … Read More

Justice Department Abets Amazon’s E-Book Monopoly

Date: 20 Jun 2012 | posted in: Retail | 10 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 … 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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