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Senate lawmakers introduce bill to grandfather existing broadcast JSAs
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • May 8 2015

Joint sales agreements (JSAs) that had been signed on or before March 31, 2014 between TV broadcasters in the same market would be grandfathered under


Petitioners recommend conditions on Comcast-NBC deal
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • June 25 2010

Arguing that voluntary commitments made by Comcast and NBC Universal (NBCU) in hopes of winning FCC approval of the companies' merger are not enough, a host of parties proposed their own conditions in petitions filed with the FCC on Monday


Broadcasters, cable operators debate FCC proposal on effective competition
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • April 17 2015

Comments filed last Friday in response to the FCC's rulemaking proposal to alter the current standard for determining effective cable competition


FCC allows cable program access rules to expire
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • October 12 2012

Pointing to a national multichannel video program distribution marketplace in which cable operators now play a less dominant role, the FCC decided unanimously last Friday to allow provisions of its program access rules that prohibit exclusive contracts to expire


Executives of Huawei, ZTE questioned at house hearing
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • September 21 2012

Officials of Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. defended their companies against allegations of espionage and anticompetitive practices at a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee last Thursday


Justice Department announces conditional approval of Verizon-SpectrumCo deal, as FCC circulates draft order approving transaction
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • August 18 2012

Verizon Wireless’s $3.9 billion plan to acquire wireless spectrum licenses held by the SpectrumCo venture and to enter a related cross-marketing arrangement with Cox Communications and the SpectrumCo members was conditionally approved yesterday under a proposed Justice Department (DOJ) consent decree that includes various conditions intended to preserve competition in the markets for video, wireless and broadband Internet services


Verizon-SpectrumCo deal approved by FCC
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • August 24 2012

The FCC followed on the heels of the Justice Department (DOJ) by approving an order on Tuesday night consenting to Verizon’s acquisition of wireless spectrum assets held by the cable-based members of the SpectrumCo venture


Liberty boosts Sirius stake, seeks FCC consent to assume control
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • August 24 2012

Liberty Media moved closer to its goal of acquiring control of Sirius XM Radio with the $234.3 million purchase of additional shares to raise its stake to 48 and with the filing of documents with the FCC last Friday that request consent for Liberty to assume control of the satellite radio service provider


T-Mobile USA, MetroPCS stress need for scale in FCC merger application
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • October 26 2012

In a transfer of control application filed with the FCC last Friday, T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS cited the need for scale as the main impetus for their proposed merger, as they emphasized the difficulties the companies will face in continuing to compete independently if they do not combine


House Democrats warn of competitive impacts of Verizon-Spectrumco deal
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • USA
  • July 13 2012

Writing to the FCC and the Justice Department on Monday, 32 House Democrats warned of the potential competitive harms of Verizon’s $3.6 billion acquisition of wireless spectrum assets held by the SpectrumCo venture as they advised the agencies to “protect the public interest in cross-platform competition driving lower prices and higher quality services, and to ensure that all Americans have access to the most advanced technologies”