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Trump picks policy experts for FCC

22 NOV 2016

Never mind what US President-elect Donald Trump said about AT&T’s $85B bid for Time Warner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appointees Jeff Eisenach and Mark Jamison have track records of being pro-merger in the telecoms industry.

The two experts, selected by the Trump transition team to focus on policy matters at the FCC, are also opposed to net neutrality.

On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to block AT&T’s proposed takeover of Time Warner. Yet, as Re/code points out, Eisenach and Jamison both have supported big mergers in the past.

Eisenach, an economist who works for Nera Economic Consulting, wrote in support of a bid by Comcast for Time Warner in 2013. Likewise, he had kind words for AT&T’s 2011 bid for T-Mobile US.

Former Sprint lobbyist Jamison is the director of the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida. He also argued in favour of the AT&T-T-Mobile US deal.

Both are also opponents of net neutrality, which again will be of interest to AT&T given its recent exchange of letters with the FCC over its DirecTV video service.

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