The American Cable Association (ACA), which represents hundreds of smaller cable and broadband providers, on Monday said in a statement that it has asked the Justice Department's antitrust division to investigate Comcast's business practices, 'focusing on harms stemming from the dominant communications firm's control of cable systems, TV stations, and regional sports networks concentrated in some of the largest local markets in the country'.
What do you think should Comcast be probed for antitrust violations? Both AT&T-Time Warner and Comcast-NBCU are vertical mergers, meaning the deals marry a content producer with a content distributor.
ACA contends Comcast's cable distribution, combined with NBC's content, make it an even more sever anti-competitive threat than AT&T-Time Warner and that Comcast already has violated antitrust laws repeatedly. "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".
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.
In September, the last of the guidelines expired. But now that those conditions have expired, Comcast-NBCU has thrown off its chains completely and embraced the dark side: anti-competitive behavior.
President Donald Trump suggested the Justice Department look into the owner of a media company he routinely derides as "fake news" over alleged anti-trust violations on Monday.
The DOJ has already announced that they are monitoring Comcast's behavior now that the guidelines and limitations have come to an end.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.