FCC Announces Comcast-TWC-Charter and AT&T-DirecTV Transaction Review Teams
July 7, 2014
WASHINGTON—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom
Wheeler announced today the members of an inter-bureau steering committee and
the working team leaders established to coordinate the agency’s review of merger applications from Comcast-Time Warner
Cable-Charter and AT&T-DirecTV.
Jonathan Sallet, general counsel, will chair the steering
committee that will oversee both sets of transactions. Bureau chiefs on the
steering committee include Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake, International Bureau
Chief Mindel de la Torre, Wireline Competition Bureau Chief Julie Veach, and Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau Chief Roger Sherman.
Hillary Burchuk will lead the working team responsible for the
review of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter transaction. Bill
Dever from the Wireline Competition bureau will be her deputy. The Comcast-Time
Warner Cable-Charter working team will report to the steering committee.
Jamillia Ferris will join the Office of General Counsel to lead
the working team for the review of the proposed AT&T-DirecTV transaction.
Elizabeth Andrion from the Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis
will serve as her deputy.
to the FCC from private practice, and from 2010-13 served in the U.S.
Department of Justice Antitrust Division as deputy chief of staff, and then chief of staff and counsel to the assistant attorney general of the Antitrust
Division. The AT&T-DirecTV working team will report to the steering
William Rogerson will serve as senior economist overseeing the
review of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter and has been selected
to serve as senior economist overseeing the review of the proposed
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.
Shane Greenstein will serve as senior economic consultant,
providing guidance on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter and the
proposed AT&T-DirecTV transactions. Greenstein is professor in the
Management and Strategy Department at the Kellogg School of Management,
Northwestern University, and, by courtesy, in the School of Communications,
Northwestern University. He is the Kellogg chair of Information Technology. He
studies the business economics of computing, communications and Internet