Senator Markey Blasts AT&T – Time Warner Merger Ruling: We Should Not Fuel Merger Mania
Washington (June 12, 2018) Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, blasted the ruling today in favor of the AT&T – Time Warner merger.
“This ruling is an assault on consumers, choice, and innovation,” said Senator Markey. “The telecommunications market needs more competition, not more consolidation. We need a telecommunications market where pay-TV gatekeepers don’t favor their own content providers, but allow minority, diverse, and independent programmers to reach Americans’ screens. I fear this decision will only further fuel merger mania in the telecommunications and other markets.”
“Today’s decision underscores the need to restore robust net neutrality rules, so broadband providers like AT&T cannot use their gatekeeper role to harm competing services and content. Without net neutrality protections in place, AT&T will be free to block, slowdown, or charge fees to competitors like Netflix and Hulu to favor their own DirecTV Now streaming service and HBO content. Speaker Ryan should schedule an immediate vote on my CRA resolution to restore the FCC’s net neutrality rules.”