Industries and Commodities
The Media, Entertainment, and Communications Section (MEC) is responsible for civil antitrust enforcement, competition advocacy, and competition policy in the areas of:
- The Internet (the services and infrastructure that comprise the foundation of the Internet)
- Broadcast television
- Video entertainment (including cable, satellite, and streaming services)
- Audio entertainment (including music streaming, satellite radio, and podcasts)
- Television and motion-picture production
- Sports and recreation
- Mobile wireless and wireline telecommunications services
- Business telecommunications services
- Commercial satellite communications services
- Telecommunications equipment and infrastructure
Federal and State Contacts
Media and Communications Matters: MEC works closely with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), filing comments in appropriate FCC proceedings.
- Before the FCC: Ex Parte Submission of the United States Department of Justice in the Matter of Policies Regarding Mobile Spectrum Holdings (May 14, 2014)
- Before the FCC: Ex Parte Submission of the United States Department of Justice: In the Matter of 2010 Quadrennial Regulatory Review - Review of the Commission's Broadcast Ownership Rules and Other Rules Adopted Pursuant to Section 202 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services; and Rules and Policies Concerning Attribution of Joint Sales Agreements in Local Television Markets (February 20, 2014)
- Before the FCC: Ex Parte Submission of the United States Department of Justice in the Matter of Policies Regarding Mobile Spectrum Holdings (April 11, 2013)
FCC appeals: Under Section 402(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and 28 U.S.C. §§ 2341-2351, the United States, represented by the Antitrust Division, is automatically a party respondent, separate from the FCC, in proceedings for review of most FCC orders (except licensing and license transfer orders) in the courts of appeals. MEC works with the Appellate Section and the FCC in relation to appellate briefs where FCC orders are challenged. Major court cases in FCC matters may be found on the Major Court Cases of the FCC page and the Archive of Major Court Cases of the FCC page. Briefs filed in other FCC matters may be found at https://www.fcc.gov/general/court-filings-archive.
MEC interacts with foreign competition authorities and telecommunications regulators in relation to investigations with an international component and to share knowledge about the telecommunications sector in general.
MEC works with the U.S. Trade Representative on a variety of trade matters where competition issues in telecommunications markets arise, including negotiation of multilateral and bilateral trade agreements, World Trade Organization dispute proceedings, and required annual reports.
Selected Cases and Investigations
Liberty Latin America/AT&T (2020)
AT&T/Time Warner (2017)
CenturyLink/Level 3 (2017)
Comcast/Time Warner Cable (2015)
Related Guidelines and Reports
Scott Scheele, Chief
Matthew C. Hammond, Assistant Chief
Jared Hughes, Assistant Chief
Suite 7000, Liberty Square Building
450 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530
Antitrust Division Leadership, Section, and Office Directory: Contains contact information for each section and office.
Division Manual: Chapter 1, Organization and Functions of the Antitrust Division