Originally published in Communications Daily on February 23, 2017.
“‘I don’t see this idea getting any traction,’ Tech Knowledge Director Fred Campbell told us…. The Clayton Act gives some agencies beyond the DOJ and FTC authority in transactions, but for the FCC the limit is on transactions of common carriers, which AT&T is but TW isn’t, Campbell said. He said the best reading of the act is that it applies to situations involving two common carriers, not one common carrier’s merger with a different kind of entity. He said it would be ‘a legal stretch’ for the FCC to try to exercise such authority, especially since it never has before.”