AT&T-Time Warner Deal To Test Big Data Antitrust Theories

By Eric Kroh (October 28, 2016, 6:21 PM EDT) -- The antitrust world for years has debated the role that big data should play in merger enforcement reviews, and regulators' forthcoming analysis of AT&T's $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner could provide competition authorities with their first real opportunity to cut their teeth on the issue.

Antitrust officials and stakeholders have warned that companies' collection of vast troves of information on consumers could give them a leg up on rivals and afford them a means of stifling competition, but so far, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have not been presented with a merger review case to...

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