Any merging of any kind that has a significant % reduction in the number of choices is bad. Time and again through history this plays out, it ends badly always for the consumer.
Why are we not learning from our past mistakes like "BELL"
This next bit is going to sound off topic but isn't because most people do not know about this organizations existence. I had it officially confirmed at my senators office. "ALEC" It has been in place for the past 40 years, I think, and they been introducing bills for state reps That weaken the very rules that the FCC follow that would have normally stopped this kind of merger.
I am not going in to "ALEC" It does not effect just FCC it pretty much every major facet in life. you can google it.
I do not want this kind of merge in that I have hard enough time getting services that are mutually favorable for both the business and myself.
Once merged, their attitude will change, they feel since there is no one else to go to, your stuck with us so your going to take what ever crap we give you.
good example of such merge centurylink/qwest.
In the end it doesn't matter what services are provided by the separate companies. Especially these days when there is no real competition left. bigger is not better. Bigger is also much slower at change when something bad happens. Or where change needs to take place.
it is better to have smaller companies because they can adapt to change better. and because they are smaller they can focus on who matters, their clients.