Concerns Over Comcast Merger

Late last month FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski began circulating an order approving the proposed merger of Comcast with NBC Universal. Throughout the regulatory approval process lawmakers, industry groups, and consumer advocates have called on the FCC and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division to block the proposed combination because it provides no public interest benefits,…

Internet Heavweights, Consumer, Library, Tech Associations Raise 1st Amendment Concerns About Infringement Bill

Senate Judiciary Committee leaders and staff are getting an earful from a broad coalition of tech companies, consumers’ groups and Internet engineers about a newly introduced bill it hoped to markup this week that would give the DOJ a new tool to essentially shut down domains accused of copyright infringement. Tech companies and consumer, library and privacy…

CCIA Supports New Bill to Address Organized Retail Theft

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the introduction of H.R. 5932, the Organized Retail Theft Investigation and Prosecution Act, by Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.. The bill would establish an Organized Retail Theft Investigation and Prosecution Unit (ORTIP) in the Department of Justice. CCIA supports efforts to stop organized retail criminals, but previous legislative attempts…

CCIA Appreciates Congressional Focus On Antitrust Oversight

The Senate Antitrust Subcommittee will hold a general oversight hearing this afternoon on the two federal antitrust enforcement agencies charged with protecting consumers — the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition. It will be Chairman Kohl’s chance to ask questions about mergers he has expressed concern about such…

Changed Antitrust Rules Could Curb Tech Mergers

A shift in U.S. Department of Justice antitrust policy announced last week could blunt the expansion or merger plans of IT vendors, according to legal experts. In speeches last week before the Center for American Progress and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Christine Varney, assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ’s antitrust division, said…