Proposed Sinclair, Tribune Acquisition Will Harm Competition and Consumers and Should be Denied
Washington, DC – December 20, 2017 – Today, in an ex parte filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) reiterated its request that the FCC deny the proposed transaction between Sinclair Broadcast Group (“Sinclair”) and Tribune Media Company (“Tribune”). If approved, the transaction would harm the public interest, delay the post-incentive auction repacking process, and threaten industry competition.
In a statement, CCA President Steven K. Berry said, “The proposed Sinclair/Tribune acquisition raises serious concerns for industry competition and, more importantly, consumers, and should be denied. Sinclair and Tribune are two of the largest broadcasting companies in the U.S., and if approved, the proposed transaction could negatively impact efforts to ensure an efficient and timely repack for carriers trying to expand mobile broadband services to much-needed areas across the United States. Many competitive carriers spent significant financial and personnel resources acquiring addition spectrum in the incentive auction to better serve their customers and should be allowed to access this valuable resource as soon as possible, and within the FCC’s well-established 39-month transition timeline.”
“Any delay or threat to delay the critical repacking process should be avoided at all costs. Consumers in rural and remote areas deserve the same services as their urban counterparts, and it is absolutely essential that all efforts to expand mobile broadband services to these areas move forward as quickly as possible. The proposed Sinclair/Tribune transaction serves one purpose — for Sinclair to secure its dominant position in the market and shut out competition. I strongly encourage the Commission to deny the transaction for the benefit consumers, industry competition and the economy.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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