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William McConnell

Regulation, The Deal (Washington, D.C.)

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FTC Reminds Facebook to Honor WhatsApp Privacy Pledges

By William McConnell

Advocacy groups wanted a full investigation of privacy concerns raised by the companies' $19 billion merger.

09:33AM 04/11/14

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FCC Democrats Vote To Limit TV Station Partnerships

By William McConnell

The Democratic majority sitting on the Federal Communications Commission on Monday brushed aside a furious campaign by broadcasters and voted to restrict local television partnerships that critics say have been used to circumvent federal limits on local TV station ownership.

11:55AM 04/01/14

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Opposition Mounts in Sysco's $8.2B Deal for USFoods

By William McConnell

Whether food distribution is a national market will be key to the agency's view of the merger.

12:07PM 03/26/14

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Sinclair Tweaks Divestiture Plan in Allbritton deal

By William McConnell

TV partnerships would be dropped in duopoly markets to appease regulators.

11:46AM 03/21/14

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Softbank's Son Pitches Benefits of T-Mobile Deal

By William McConnell

Without mentioning the target by name, he urges Washington to drop its opposition to a merger with Sprint.

10:17AM 03/12/14

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DOJ Rebuts Critics of American Airlines-US Air merger

By William McConnell

Agency insists divestments of Reagan National and LaGuardia slot to low-cost carriers will benefit travelers.

12:11PM 03/11/14

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FCC Chair Holds Line on Newspaper, Network Mergers

By William McConnell

Local TV limits and other media rules are teed up for March 31 commission vote.

11:38AM 03/07/14

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Texas Industries Deal Nears Early Close

By William McConnell

Martin Marietta has acknowledged overlaps in Oklahoma and Texas, but merger could receive antitrust approval as early as March 20.

12:36PM 03/05/14

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Antitrust Watchdog Wary Of Sysco-US Foods Deal

By William McConnell

An antitrust watchdog group warned Tuesday that the $8.2 billion proposed acquisition of US Foods by Sysco will create a monopoly among broadline food distributors, which specialize in delivering food and food service supplies to institutional clients such as restaurants, universities and military bases.

05:35PM 02/25/14

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Justice Department Backs FCC Plan to End TV Station Partnerships

By William McConnell

Opponents of media consolidation have been seeking restrictions on the arrangements for years.

10:18AM 02/24/14

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