Cable Regulation in the Internet Era
Chapter in NBER book Economic Regulation and Its Reform: What Have We Learned? (2014), Nancy L. Rose, editor (p. 137 - 193)
---- Acknowledgements ----
I would like to thank Nancy Rose, Ali Yurukoglu, Tasneem Chipty, Leslie Marx, Tracy Waldon, and seminar participants at the NBER Conferences on Economic Regulation for helpful comments. Thanks also to ESRC Grant RES-062-23-2586 for financial support for this research. An older version of this paper circulated under the title, "Cable Regulation in the Satellite Era."
---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Gregory S. Crawford ----
In 2010, Professor Crawford consulted in support of a client opposed to a major media merger. The analysis included market definition and quantifying the potential harms of the merger, including possible foreclosure. In 2011, he evaluated the “neighborhooding” of news channels on Comcast cable systems in support of complaints to the FCC by Bloomberg (Television) L.P. that Comcast was not fulfilling the conditions imposed by the FCC during the Comcast-NBCU merger. Since 2008, Professor Crawford has also consulted on copyright issues involving broadcast signals carried on cable systems and royalties paid to record labels for music performed on cable radio channels as well as quantifying the consequences for consumers of the bundling of television channels by programmers and cable systems.