AT&T Files DirecTV Merger Plans with FCC


See on Scoop.itKH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog

   On Wednesday, AT&T officially filed the paperwork for its proposed DirecTV merger with the FCC.
Why This Matters: In its public interest statements, AT&T argued that the main reason for the merger was that together, they could achieve what they could not separately – a compelling bundle of video and broadband services.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this intriguing and somewhat disturbing story of yet another merger between media giants–this time the union of Direct TV and AT & T.  AT & T contends that the new media distribution company will offer a range of video and broadband services unrealizable as single companies.  If the recent Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger is any indication of future media trends, the customer will experience higher costs, less service, and more expensive equipment upgrades.  Another danger is the concentration of media offerings in the hands of only a few companies. Program diversity may suffer as well.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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