FCC and Justice Department question ?most-favored-nation? provision in Verizon/Spectrum deal

The FCC and Justice Department have concerns over the implications of the 'most-favored-nation' provisions in the Verizon/Spectrum deal, citing potential antitrust violations.

MFNs are contractual provisions in the Verizon/Spectrum deal that give parties favored status on pricing or other terms that could harm the competition.

While FCC and DOJ officials declined to comment on this ongoing investigation, authorities are concern whether cable's agreements with Verizon would prevent competing wireless companies' access to cable facilities.The agencies also has questions regarding the deal's impact on the burgeoning market for online video.

Feds key on 'most-favored nation' in Verizon deal (Politico, Apr. 30, 2012)