AT&T bid for Time Warner may help inform Canadian broadcasting policy

The announced takeover bid by AT&T for Time Warner will likely be challenged by antitrust authorities, and possibly by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. The resulting litigation will crystallize many of the issues surrounding the regulation of the broadcasting sector in the emerging age of online and mobile broadcasting, as well as codify the degree to which market forces will be allowed to determine the evolution of the broadcasting industry going forward.The AT&T/Time Warner merger represents what economists describe as “vertical integration.” That is, AT&T is primarily a wireless telephone company and a distributor of broadcasting

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