Consumer advocacy groups ask Attorney General Sessions to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner

Consumer advocacy groups ask Attorney General Sessions to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner
Several consumer advocacy groups have written U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner. The groups worry that AT&T would lose the incentive to widely distribute Time Warner programming after closing on the $85.4 billion transaction. The seven groups asking Sessions to block the deal include Common Cause, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Public Knowledge and other groups.

In a letter written to the Attorney General, executives of the seven firms said that approving the deal could lead to a stifling of innovation in the area, and lead to a hike in prices. When AT&T first announced that it was buying Time Warner in October for $85.4 billion, then Republican candidate Donald Trump said that if he won the presidential election, he would seek to block the deal because "It's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few."


Time Warner happens to be the parent company of CNN, the cable news channel that provides 24 hours of news each day to subscribers. It also happens to be the news outlet that Trump insults the most, calling its programming "FAKE news" whenever it runs a story that takes issue with the president. Some believe that Trump is looking to block the deal as a way to get back at CNN for its coverage of his presidency.

source: BusinessInsider

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2 Comments

1. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

Hopefully att would rehabilitate the clown news network so it is more to the center, it has the lowest "news" station ratings on cable. also directv now sells hbo for only $5 a month cause of the deal.

2. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

'cause of the deal' What deal? Deal as in, promotion for a limited time?

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