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
The outcome of Verizon's lawsuit against the FCC might do more to determine the future of the Internet than the FCC's new chairman possibly can.
FORTUNE -- Tom Wheeler's appointment as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission was about as friction-free as could be, despite the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz threatened to block the nomination over his supposed worries about rules governing disclosure of who pays for political ads. A MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Nov 1, 2013 3:53 PM ET
Facebook wanted the product's creator to stop offering the software. A compromise will allow most of Social Fixer's features to remain in place.
FORTUNE -- Have you ever wondered why your Facebook (FB) newsfeed doesn't just show you everything you want to see -- all posts from all your friends and the all the pages you follow in reverse chronological order? You're not alone, but the reasons remain somewhat mysterious for MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 24, 2013 12:36 PM ET
Some publishers have pulled out from mobile news-aggregators like Flipboard because they don't see any real payoff. But the company says it's creating a program to help such smaller publishers earn more.
FORTUNE -- In July of last year, the political news and opinion site Talking Points Memo proudly declared that it was "excited to announce that tablet and smartphone users can now read TPM on Flipboard," a popular, magazine-style news-reading MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 18, 2013 2:40 PM ET
Advertisers who want to reach people who use social media while watching TV need to know their target audience: It's very different from the TV audience as a whole.
FORTUNE -- Social-media enthusiasts, especially those on Twitter, tend to think their hobby is more popular than it really is. If you're on Twitter a lot, and the people you know best are on Twitter a lot, it's easy to delude yourself MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Oct 8, 2013 10:25 AM ET
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