Industries and Commodities
The Telecommunications and Broadband Section (TEL) is responsible for civil antitrust enforcement, competition advocacy, and competition policy in the areas of:
- The Internet, including the services, infrastructure, and hardware that comprise the Internet.
- Video programming distribution, including the sale of video and movie content through cable, satellite, telecom, and online video distributors.
- Mobile wireless voice and data services, including the infrastructure and equipment needed to offer wireless services.
- Satellite communications services, including international and domestic fixed and mobile satellite services.
- Voice telephony.
- Business telecommunications services.
Federal and State Contacts
Telecommunications matters: TEL works closely with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), coordinating merger reviews and filing comments in appropriate FCC proceedings. While the FCC reviews mergers under its own “public interest” standard, that standard includes looking at competition issues. Pursuant to appropriate waivers, TEL often coordinates its investigations with the FCC and State Attorneys General.
- 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: TEL works with the Appellate Section and the FCC in relation to appellate briefs where FCC orders are challenged.
TEL interacts with foreign competition authorities and telecom regulators in relation to investigations with an international component and to share knowledge about the telecom sector in general.
TEL works with the U.S. Trade Representative on a variety of trade matters where competition issues in telecommunication markets arise, including negotiation of multilateral and bilateral trade agreements, World Trade Organization dispute proceedings, and required annual reports.
Selected Cases and Investigations
Related Guidelines and Reports
Scott Scheele, Chief
Lawrence Frankel, Assistant Chief
Jared Hughes, Assistant Chief
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Sections and Offices: Contains contact information for each section and field office.
Division Manual: Chapter 1, Organization and Functions of the Antitrust Division