Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section
Industries and Commodities
The Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section (TEL) is responsible for civil antitrust enforcement, competition advocacy, and competition policy in the areas of:
- Mobile wireless services: Wireless voice, text, and data services for cell phones, tablets, and other devices. This area also includes the infrastructure and equipment needed to operate a wireless network, including cellular towers and radio equipment, and the licenses used for providing service over wireless spectrum.
- Video programming distribution (cable, satellite, fiber, online): Video programming delivery by cable companies, direct broadcast satellite companies, incumbent telcos, and online video distributors. This area also includes access to and carriage of video programming content by video programming distributors.
- Broadband Internet: Services that enable consumers to access the Internet, regardless of the technology employed. Broadband services today are delivered via cable, digital subscriber line (DSL), fiber-to-the-premises, satellite, and wireless.
- Voice telephony: Voice communication services provided via wireline, wireless, or satellite infrastructure, and utilizing dedicated circuit-switched networks or packet data networks, for example, VoIP.
- Satellite communications services: International and domestic fixed satellite services, mobile satellite services (terrestrial, maritime, and aeronautical), and satellite-delivered broadband.
- Business telecommunications services: Services purchased by businesses and other organizations, including voice telephony, Internet access, private networking, telepresence, and cloud computing. This area also includes the equipment and networks used to offer these services.
Federal and State Contacts
Telecommunications matters: TEL works closely with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state attorneys general on investigations and cases. In particular, although the FCC typically reviews mergers under its own legal standard and using its own procedures, TEL frequently coordinates its investigations with the FCC, often pursuant to appropriate confidentiality waivers from the merging firms, to help ensure an efficient, effective review. TEL also periodically reviews, and offers comments on, appellate briefs filed in matters where FCC orders are being challenged.
Competition advocacy: In appropriate circumstances, TEL files comments in FCC and other telecommunications-related proceedings.
April 11, 2013
Before the FCC: Ex Parte Submission of the United States Department of Justice in the Matter of Policies Regarding Mobile Spectrum Holdings
Selected Cases and Investigations
U.S. and State of New York v. Verizon Communications Inc., et al.
U.S. and Plaintiff States v. AT&T Inc., T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG
U.S. and Plaintiff States vs. Comcast Corp., General Electric Co., and NBC Universal, Inc.
U.S. and Plaintiff States v. Verizon Communications Inc. and Alltel Corp.
Related Guidelines and Reports
Voice, Video and Broadband: The Changing Competitive Landscape and Its Impact on Consumers: A Report by the U.S. Department of Justice
Scott A. Scheele, Chief
Lawrence M. Frankel, Assistant Chief
Suite 7000, Liberty Square Building
450 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530
Sections and Offices: Contains contact information for each section and field office.
Division Manual: Chapter 1, Organization and Functions of the Antitrust Division