The Great Debate

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: The worry now is a brewing M&A bubble

May 13, 2014

By Rob Cox
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Jack Shafer:

Who’s afraid of Comcast?

By Jack Shafer
February 19, 2014

Set aside for a moment everything you've read about the $45 billion bid Comcast made for Time Warner Cable last week. Blank from your mind Paul Krugman's prediction that the deal will result in a Comcast monopoly. Pretend you didn't read the New York Times piece about the acquisition presaging further consolidation in the cable market, with Charter Communications picking off Cox Communications. Thump yourself with a neuralyzer, if you can, and remove from your memory the protest against the transaction by Michael Copps, former Federal Communications Commission commissioner.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

Comcast: How to win at monopoly

By Nicholas Wapshott
February 18, 2014

The proposed merger between the cable television interests of Time Warner Cable and its principal rival, Comcast, demonstrates a neat example of how the theory of the free market differs so radically from the marketplace in practice.