Aurich Lawson

AT&T this week filed a “public interest” statement with US regulators describing the benefits of its proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV.
Better prices are in the offing, the company claims, saying, “There will be significant downward pressure on the prices of the new integrated bundles of AT&T broadband and DirecTV video.” AT&T argues that its ability to offer cheap bundles will force cable companies to lower prices.As a downside, there could be “upward pressure on the prices of standalone video or broadband offered by the merged firm,” but AT&T claimed it “will be significantly outweighed by the downward pressure on the prices of bundles of AT&T broadband and DirecTV video that will now be available at improved quality and attractive prices.”
AT&T also promises to offer a standalone 6Mbps broadband offering in its wireline territory for $34.95 a month in the three years following the transaction, with price increases limited by inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.
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