In November of 2017, the United States Department of Justice brought its first vertical merger challenge in several decades. Considered one of the largest acquisitions in history, this merger represents a regular pattern of cable and media companies to consolidate in the name of cost efficiencies. Be it good or bad, there is no question that the consolidation of telecommunication and media companies affects our lives on a daily basis. The more content producers a single distributor owns, the more content that distributor’s customers get to enjoy. Take Disney+ for example, where Disney’s ownership of National Geographic, ESPN, Marvel, and other content producers allows it to provide its customers with a wide variety of content and packages that it otherwise would not be able to. However, as the government argued, these acquisitions are not always in the public’s best interest.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 14, 2020. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Kocharov, Samantha, "AT&T v. United States: Vertical Mergers in the Telecommunications Market" (2020). AELJ Blog. 237.