FCC Charters Merger Review Team


FCCThe FCC received applications to merge assets of Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks 6/25/15. Now it has a team to lead the review.

The interagency committee will be comprised of three individuals who will coordinate the review.

The FCC also named bureau chiefs who will serve on a merger review steering committee.

From the FCC, here are the pertinent details.

“Jonathan Sallet, General Counsel, will chair the steering committee that will oversee review of the transaction. Bureau chiefs on the steering committee include Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake, International Bureau Chief Mindel De La Torre, Wireline Competition Bureau Chief Matthew DelNero, and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief Roger Sherman.

“Owen M. Kendler will join the Office of General Counsel to lead the working team responsible for the review of the proposed transaction. Mr. Kendler comes to the FCC on a detail from the Department of Justice, where he has been since 2003, most recently as Assistant Chief, Telecommunications & Media Enforcement Section, in DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Betsy McIntyre from the Wireline Competition Bureau will be Mr. Kendler’s deputy. The Charter-Time Warner Cable-Bright House Networks working team will report to the steering committee.

“William Rogerson will serve as senior economist overseeing the review of the proposed Charter-Time Warner Cable-Bright House Networks transaction. Most recently, Rogerson served as the senior economist on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV transactions. In addition to being a former Chief Economist of the FCC, Rogerson is a Professor at Northwestern University, where he has served as Chair of the Department of Economics. Rogerson’s teaching and research specialties are in industrial organization, telecommunications, and regulation.”