Comcast/NBC Merger

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Christopher Yoo
Professor of Law
University of Pennsylvania

 • Researches and teaches communications law, mass media law, antitrust,
  government regulation, law and technology.
• Founding director of Penn Law’s Center for Technology, Innovation,
and Competition

“Many people are quick to condemn any form of media consolidation, but the simple truth is that under the standards usually applied by the antitrust authority this merger would ordinarily be approved relatively easily.  If the antitrust authorities were to bring an enforcement action, it would be the first such action in many decades in markets as unconcentrated as the markets affected by this merger.   Whatever concerns that may exist arise from problems that confront the entire industry.  Both the Federal Communications Commission and its critics agree that such problems should be addressed through the general regulatory process instead of through merger clearances.”