In the wake of a court ruling striking down net neutrality rules, a merger might give regulators an opportunity to resurrect enforcement of the principle that keeps all Internet traffic equal.
FORTUNE -- There are so many potential problems with Comcast's (CMCSA) proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) that getting the deal past antitrust regulators, were that to happen, would rank as a major accomplishment. But one of the biggest MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Feb 13, 2014 1:04 PM ET
General Mills' move to market "GMO-free" Cheerios is aimed at assuaging the fears of consumers over genetically modified crops. But it won't be easily replicated across the industry.
FORTUNE -- General Mills (GIS) will soon start selling Cheerios with labels boasting that they are "GMO-free." Well, mostly free. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company says Cheerios might still "contain trace amounts due to contamination in shipping or manufacturing." So MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jan 3, 2014 2:00 PM ET
The case of the feminist toy company vs. the smart-aleck rappers is a complicated one.
FORTUNE -- The legal spat between the Beastie Boys and the startup toymaker GoldieBlox will probably never get to a jury. But if that were to happen, and GoldieBlox were to lose, it would be no easy feat to figure out the damages the company would have to pay.
The toymaker put out a viral video last MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Dec 13, 2013 11:41 AM ET
If Microsoft ends up giving away its mobile operating systems, it will be playing catch-up with Google's dominant Android OS.
FORTUNE -- Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly considering a radical shift in its mobile strategy: offering its operating systems free to manufacturers of mobile devices.
The Verge, quoting unnamed sources "familiar with Microsoft's plans" reported Wednesday that the company might trade in the revenues it gets from licensing Windows Phone and Windows RT by MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Dec 11, 2013 3:26 PM ET
It appears unlikely that Comcast would be able to acquire all of Time Warner Cable. If it makes a bid at all, it would more likely be for just part of the company, with Charter Communications getting the rest.
FORTUNE -- It's not often that an FCC commissioner weighs in on a possible merger in the communications industry. But Ajit Pai did just that in an interview with the Wall Street MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Dec 6, 2013 2:57 PM ET
Tom Wheeler seems to be OK with regulation, as long as it fosters competition.
FORTUNE -- Now that he's in office, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is only slightly less inscrutable than he had been in the months leading up to his nomination by President Obama and approval by the Senate. That's probably as it should be: It's unwise for a regulator to get too specific on particular issues before MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Dec 3, 2013 3:05 PM ET
A combination of the No.1 and No.2 cable providers would give one company control of three-fourths of the U.S. cable market. What would that mean for programmers and viewers?
FORTUNE -- Comcast (CMCSA) executives reportedly believe that if their company decides to make a bid for Time Warner Cable (TWC), it's unlikely the deal would face serious regulatory scrutiny since the two cable giants' geographical markets don't overlap much. In this, MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Nov 25, 2013 12:30 PM ET
A draft document published by Wikileaks reveals ongoing negotiations over intellectual property enforcement measures in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
FORTUNE -- When citizens have input on intellectual-property laws, they tend to favor looser restrictions over tighter ones. That's what happened with the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, which were both killed by U.S. Congress after a loud public outcry. That would explain why corporations with financial MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Nov 15, 2013 6:06 PM ET
The U.S. Postal Service, though independent and self-financing, is still an arm of the federal government. Is it odd for a private company to contract it out? Yes, but it won't stay that way.
FORTUNE -- Why does Amazon's (AMZN) new deal with the U.S. Postal Service to provide Sunday deliveries to Amazon Prime customers seem so unsettling? I can think of three reasons: the exclusivity (we'll get mail on Sundays, MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Nov 12, 2013 7:00 PM ET
Rather than improving its service or cutting prices, Comcast has spent big to unseat the mayor of Seattle, who is bringing a city-sponsored high-speed broadband network to his city.
FORTUNE -- When challenged, monopolists, particularly in the communications industry, often tend to work harder to protect their monopolies than they do to improve their services or cut prices (or simply limit price increases). An excellent example of this can be found MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Nov 1, 2013 4:18 PM ET
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