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KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
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Tulsa, OK
reply to fldiver

Re: Makes no sense

said by fldiver:

If they would not let DTV and Echostar merge why on EARTH would the govt sanction this abysmal idea. I am so glad I stayed with Directv; I despise AT&T with every breath in my body..
Echostar and DTV merge = Bigger competition to Telco and Cable Company plans.... BLOCKED!

Echostar bought by AT&T = Consolidation of media by Telco, of Part of Company plans..... APPROVED!

The FCC lately has been all about Big Business agenda and allowing mergers *except* when it threatens the interests of the Telcos and Cable companies...
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"Regulatory capitalism is when companies invest in lawyers, lobbyists, and politicians, instead of plant, people, and customer service." - former FCC Chairman William Kennard (A real FCC Chairman, unlike the current Corporate Spokesperson in the job!)

BosstonesOwn

join:2002-12-15
Wakefield, MA
Reviews:
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said by KrK:

said by fldiver:

If they would not let DTV and Echostar merge why on EARTH would the govt sanction this abysmal idea. I am so glad I stayed with Directv; I despise AT&T with every breath in my body..
Echostar and DTV merge = Bigger competition to Telco and Cable Company plans.... BLOCKED!

Echostar bought by AT&T = Consolidation of media by Telco, of Part of Company plans..... APPROVED!

The FCC lately has been all about Big Business agenda and allowing mergers *except* when it threatens the interests of the Telcos and Cable companies...
Also except when it benefits the consumer and rips control away from the large groups. IE XM/Sirius and NAB.
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"It's always funny until someone gets hurt......and then it's absolutely friggin' hysterical!"


KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
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Point taken.

If a merger would actually create a bigger competitor to existing large companies, it's blocked.

If it's a buyout or merger by said existing large interests, it's approved.

IE if it promotes competition and consumer choice it's usually shot down.
--
"Regulatory capitalism is when companies invest in lawyers, lobbyists, and politicians, instead of plant, people, and customer service." - former FCC Chairman William Kennard (A real FCC Chairman, unlike the current Corporate Spokesperson in the job!)


BosstonesOwn

join:2002-12-15
Wakefield, MA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS

Exactly , I have no idea what these folks up on the hill are thinking. These types of mergers are just being approved in record times.
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"It's always funny until someone gets hurt......and then it's absolutely friggin' hysterical!"



attsux0rs

@charter.com
reply to KrK

said by KrK:

Echostar and DTV merge = Bigger competition to Telco and Cable Company plans.... BLOCKED!
directv/dish was rejected because it would've created a monopoly in the satellite television business; not to "protect" telcos and cable companies. a single satellite provider would've resulted in LESS (not more) competition and higher prices.

a dish/att merger would do the same; less competition, higher prices; and the end to distribution/resale deals dish currently has with telcos other than att. but since the government seems to allow att to do what it wants; don't be surprised to see this pushed through before the current administration ends.

in addition, an att buyout of a dish-owned sling media means the death of slingbox (in the odd chance that the slingbox survives the inevitable lawsuits upon dish ownership); except perhaps as a subscription service to att's own customers only, with rates and limits on what can be "slung" set by the broadcasters/networks.