Category Archives: Media Ownership

Mergers, diversity of ownership, and multiple perspectives.

Sprint-Mobile Scoping Memo

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One of the things Media Alliance does on your behalf is participate as a party in some merger proceedings for big telecom companies before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

We do this without accessing the state intervenor compensation program, so we rely on your support to make this possible, as we have participated in the AT&T/TMobile proceeding (2011), Comcast/Time Warner proceeding (2014), Charter/Time Warner proceeding (2015) and now TMobile/Sprint (2018).  We do it because we believe that important as lawyers are, there need to be other voices at the table in these proceedings.

We are happy to announce that what is called the scoping memo has come out in the California Tmobile/Sprint merger proceeding and it calls for public participation hearings – where YOU can speak – and a robust public interest analysis that will address competition and impacts on the wireless market.

Below is the scoping memo issued and our preliminary comments filed on your behalf. It will be a long process, but please stay tuned for how you can be a part of it. It is our pleasure to have helped to make that possible.

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Media Alliance Prehearing Conference Statement A.18-07-011 and A.18-07-012

 

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Charter Deal Conditions Could Run Gamut From MFN Clauses to Rate Hike Caps

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Communications Daily – August 17 2015

Charter Communications likely has headed off many broadband-related merger conditions by addressing them early on, experts said. But multiple broadband and cable matters likely will be brought up by and before regulators as Charter seeks approval to buy Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable,they said. Charter agreed “from the get-go” to some of the most obvious potential conditions—net neutrality and discounted broadband offerings to low-income populations—said Barry Orton, telecom professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That, plus that Charter, TWC and BHN don’t share a “bully” reputation with Comcast based on complaints about strong-arm tactics, indicates the deals could have a relatively easy time winning approval, especially compared with Comcast’s aborted attempt to buy TWC, industry officials said. Continue reading Charter Deal Conditions Could Run Gamut From MFN Clauses to Rate Hike Caps

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18 Privacy Groups Say Hearings Must Include Them

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18 prominent privacy groups (including Media Alliance) wrote to the Senate Commerce Committee objecting to hearings held on national privacy legislation that included absolutely no consumer or privacy rights advocates.

The letter states ” There is little point in asking industry groups how they would like to be regulated. ”

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Spectrum Speculator LocusPoint Files Injunction To Stop Sale Of KCSM-TV

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originally printed in the AFT Advocate

(The Media Alliance, at media-alliance.org, is a Bay Area democratic communications advocate. Tracy fought a lonely war to save KCSM-TV between 2011 and 2013.)

On October 24, LocusPoint Networks, a subsidiary of the Blackstone Group, the largest hedge firm in the world, filed an injunction to block the sale of KCSM-TV to KRCB/North Bay Public Media. The filing in San Mateo Superior Court can be read here. No date has been set yet for the injunction request to be heard. Continue reading Spectrum Speculator LocusPoint Files Injunction To Stop Sale Of KCSM-TV

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Mergers Lock In The Status Quo

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Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on February 19th, 2014
Mag-Net Blog

The San Francisco Bay Area is often seen across the country as a blue outpost and a place where liberal ideas predominate. This image is especially widespread in media reports which emphasize cultural and political innovations. But the local media system which indulges in the self-congratulatory blather is itself a retrograde example of corporate consolidation and dominance. More like Texas than Vermont, if you like.

If the purpose of media systems is to connect and to exchange information, then Bay Area communication is about as controlled by big media corporations as the US is dependent on imported oil. The statistics are terrifying: Continue reading Mergers Lock In The Status Quo

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