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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Broadband/Video/Wireless Market Collusion

In August 2012, the United States and the State of New York filed a complaint alleging that certain commercial agreements among Verizon Communications, Cellco Partnership (d/b/a Verizon Wireless), Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, and Cox Communications unreasonably restrained trade and commerce in violation of the Sherman Act. In December 2011, the companies entered into a series of agreements allowing them to sell bundled offerings that included Verizon Wireless services and a cable company defendant’s residential wireline voice, video, and broadband services. The companies also agreed to jointly research and develop integrated wireline and wireless telecommunications technologies. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Attorney General of New York alleged that aspects of these agreements were likely to unreasonably restrain competition in local markets for broadband, video, and wireless services. A final judgment in the case amends these agreements so as to preserve competition between Verizon and the cable defendants. Verizon is also required to provide regular reports to the DOJ to ensure that the collaboration does not harm competition.

Misconduct Type
Antitrust
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Complaint
8/16/2012
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Verizon Communications, Inc. $0
Further Information Released
Federal Register Notice 3/21/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database