Sen. Kohl plans hearing on Verizon cable deal

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The subcommittee carefully examines questions about competition in the wireless and video markets, with the ultimate goal of protecting consumers and reducing their cable and cell phone bills, and these deals are no exception, he said in a news release.

The Justice Departments antitrust division is also probing whether the deal would hurt competition.

Harold Feld, legal director of consumer group Public Knowledge, said he is pleased the Senate will hold a hearing, and added that the deal raises serious concerns.

Even without the agreements between Verizon, Comcast, and the other cable operators to resell each others services, this transaction would raise serious concerns about spectrum aggregation and the future [of] wireless competition, Feld said in a news release. But when, in addition, competitors become resellers of each others services, those charged with protecting consumers and promoting competition have a duty to take a very careful look.