Pressure is Mounting For The DOJ to Probe Comcast Over Antitrust Violations

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 14, 2018

"American Cable Association has big problems with Comcast", Trump wrote.

What do you think should Comcast be probed for antitrust violations?

Last week the American Cable Association (ACA) a lobbying group for midsize cable operators, sent a letter to the Department of Justice demanding an investigation into Comcast over alleged antitrust violations committed by Comcast.

Under Delrahim, the DOJ is appealing the AT&T-Time Warner deal over concerns the merger will inhibit competition.

The ACA says Comcast has already violated antitrust laws repeatedly by allegedly exerting price pressure along with withholding "must-have" programming from local stations, squeezing rival cable distributors by threatening to raise prices and refusing to carry certain channels. "At Comcast NBCUniversal, we are competing in this dynamic environment the way we always have - by continuing to innovate and conducting our business in compliance with antitrust laws and other legal requirements". "We have heard from ACA members that they fear that ComcastNBCU may restrict, if it is not already restricting, their ability to access Hulu". Now, these limitations have come to an end and the ACA argues that Comcast is engaging in anti-competitive behavior.

As Gasparino explained that the Comcast-NBC situation is "much worse" than the AT&T-Time Warner deal, he also voiced his skepticism of the idea that the DOJ would break them up. But now that those conditions have expired, Comcast-NBCU has thrown off its chains completely and embraced the dark side: anti-competitive behavior.

"Without any conditions, Comcast-NBCU can act with impunity, and DOJ should expect this to happen", ACA wrote in the letter, which was dated November 6 and released on Monday.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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