Chapter 2 Telecommunications, media and internet services
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Telecommunications, media and internet services have been the subject of intense scrutiny under the EU merger control regime. This is explained by (i) the economics of these industries that lead to concentrated (and often regulated) markets; (ii) the intense technical progress that characterises these industries; and (iii) their importance for the wider economy and society. Merger control has thus faced such issues as the border between competition rules and regulation, how to assess market power in a nascent market, how to deal with efficiencies, etc. This Chapter provides a summary of the Commission's practice in applying the Merger Regulation to telecommunications, media and internet services. After this introduction it successively addresses market definition, horizontal and non-horizontal effects and efficiency defenses and remedies.

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