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The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:
“We were very pleased to find out that the Justice Department is investigating whether the cable industry is trying to squelch emerging online competition. The future of online competition for cable is being decided right now, and it is crucial that government agencies responsible for protecting the public interest do so.
“Media and telecommunications giants, which can be one and the same, should not be able to take advantage of their size and reach to eliminate competition and to harm consumers through data caps which favor some content over other based on business relationships, through contract terms that could restrict where programming can be shown, or other means.
“We have expressed our concerns to the Justice Department over the past six months, and have expressed our concerns to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as well. We applaud the DoJ for taking on this critical issue.”