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AT&T is "now a fundamentally different company with a diversified set of capabilities and businesses"
“Fewer, bigger companies often mean less competition, with less incentive to innovate”
“But Consumer Reports and its policy and advocacy arm, Consumers Union, don't believe that bigger companies do better for their customers. In fact, the opposite is often true. The largest companies have earned low scores for value, service, and customer satisfaction in our recent consumer surveys. Tellingly, the AT&T-DirecTV merger statement said nothing about lower prices or better customer service, high priorities for most consumers."
"We've been skeptical about the AT&T-DirecTV merger from the beginning," says Delara Derakhshani, policy counsel for Consumers Union. "It raises real concerns about the consolidation of pay TV options in markets where AT&T and DirecTV already offer competing services."
"These conditions are a positive step to help consumers, but they do not address the underlying problem of consolidation in the video marketplace, " Derakhshani said. "Looking ahead, we urge the FCC to stay focused on keeping the Internet open and spurring competition."
originally posted by: Metallicus
Probably because AT&T / Direct TV aren't the two largest cable providers in the country? That's my guess.