If the proposed merger is approved, 90 percent of the nation’s high speed broadband homes would be controlled by two companies, and the combined ‘New Charter’ would have every incentive to sabotage OTT services like Sling TV that compete with the old school cable bundle
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) today filed a reply with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) countering arguments made by Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter), Time Warner Cable, Inc. (TWC) and Bright House Networks (BHN) defending the proposed merger between the companies. In the reply, DISH outlines how the applicants have failed to prove that this proposed merger is in the public interest and reiterates its call for the FCC to deny the merger.
“If the proposed merger is approved, 90 percent of the nation’s high speed broadband homes would be controlled by two companies, and the combined ‘New Charter’ would have every incentive to sabotage OTT services like Sling TV that compete with the old school cable bundle,” said Jeffrey Blum, DISH senior vice president and deputy general counsel. “The proposed merger is harmful for consumers, competition and innovation, and should be denied.”
Following are key points DISH makes in today’s filing. The complete filing can be found here.
MERGER WILL NOT SERVE THE PUBLIC INTEREST:
A copy of DISH’s response filing can be found here: http://about.dish.com/sites/dishnetwork.newshq.businesswire.com/files/doc_library/file/DISH_Reply_to_FCC_on_Proposed_CharterTime_Warner_Cable_Merger.pdf
A copy of the full petition to deny (filed on October 13) is available here: https://dishnetwork.newshq.businesswire.com/sites/dishnetwork.newshq.businesswire.com/files/doc_library/file/2015-10-13_As-Filed_DISH_Network_Corp_Petition_to_Deny_Charter-Time_Warner_Cable_Merger.pdf
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