Netflix wants the Federal Communications Commission to reject AT&T’s proposed acquisition of DirecTV, or at least impose conditions that would prevent AT&T from abusing market power to harm online video services.
“Netflix urges the Commission to reject the merger as currently proposed,” the streaming video provider said in a filing yesterday.
With DirecTV on board, AT&T would become the country’s largest pay-TV provider, Netflix counsel Markham Erickson wrote. AT&T could also become the nation’s biggest Internet service provider, ahead of Comcast, if it goes through with broadband investments that are contingent on merger approval, he wrote.
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