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The United States Department of Justice asserts an antitrust suit is interfering with the AT&T-Time Warner media conglomerate merger

The Justice Department demands an end to the megadeal on the premise that competition and harm to consumers will result. AT&T is the most massive TV subscription provider and the world’s largest telecommunications company. Likewise, Time Warner is a global media network of entertainment, film, TV and several platform businesses worldwide leader. Their merger would put them in a compelling position. The DOJ alleges the merger would hinder rival companies and create higher bills for Americans with the service.

 

 

For decades the DOJ and other government agencies have been silent about the antitrust precedent

In 2011 a merger between Comcast and NBC Universal, under the Obama administration received approval without a whisper from the DOJ. Certainly conditions were set for the procurement. However, it went through without a hitch.

Contrastingly, Google has a long history of the syndicate, which has been ignored by the DOJ and other government entities such as Congress. Google forced Forbes magazine to remove a story on this exact issue. Google has the power and approval of all the right people to deliver a clear message not to disagree or fight their monopoly. More than 29 corporations complained about Google’s unfair advantage. The result was harm to their businesses.

 

Infographic: What's at Stake in the Proposed AT&T - Time Warner Merger | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

 

Google’s anti-compete methods should be obvious

Through the internet’s impenetrable and shady world, confusion and obscurity give Google a strategy to carve a path and avoid any disturbance from other businesses and of course the Department of Justice or any antitrust precedent.

All commentary by The European Consumer Organizations or the Department of Justice, any Academic institutions or drug companies supported by Google has not been available for comment. If they address the activities, it is merely to express their concern over the issues. “The organization will look into the matter.” Additionally, Microsoft, News Corp, Expedia, Getty Images and T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom have nothing to say concerning Google’s extended cartel.

 

It is convenient for each of the executives to pass addressing the matter

Nevertheless, Google’s example serves as a reminder of the struggle for control over the entertainment, and communications industries. AT&T and Time Warner represent an entity to those moguls who have held the monopoly up until today.

 

 

Some insist the Trump administration might be behind the merger

The Justice Department’s intent to block AT&T and Time Warner from merging also has considered the Trump administrations limits on corporate power. This approach stands in stark contrast to the Obama administration.

Besides the opaqueness and seedy nature of the internet and it’s financial holders, to date the DOJ has not entirely blocked mergers like this one. As with the Comcast and NBC Network transaction, there could be conditions. Furthermore, the DOJ and Antitrust committees case could postpone the merger in court as long as they see fit.

 

President Trump’s statement about the merger decidedly puts him out of litigation

Trump understands the business aspect of the deal and wishes to stay out of it. Although, Trump did state his feelings about the deal. “Personally, I’ve always felt that that was a deal that’s not good for the country. I think your pricing is going to go up. But I’m not going to get involved. It’s litigation.”

White House officials also will not address the matter, and that is the official statement about it. Critics draw attention to Trump’s dislike of CNN and their fake news. For the merger to succeed, the Justice Department insists CNN must be sold. It is under this premise as well that the DOJ objects. AT&T chairman Randall Stephenson says the company does not intend to sell CNN.

References: Statistica, New York Times, HuffPost
Image credit: pixabay.com

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