Control Issues: How Media Moguls Keep a Tight Grip on Their Empires
As the The United States Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission prepare make-or-break decisions on the antitrust and public-interest ramifications of the Time Warner Cable deal — which is now expected by mid-year after lengthy delays — consumer groups and some competitors are howling about the deal’s potential to turn Comcast into the “gatekeeper” for content delivered via the Internet, by expanding the firm’s broadband footprint. There’s been less focus on the fact that an enlarged Comcast would still be effectively controlled by one family, as it has since the company went public in 1972 with a dual-class structure. – Cynthia Littleton, Variety
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