Dish Network Begs FCC To Nix Comcast-Time Warner Deal Before It Gets Ugly

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News Posted: Wed, Jul 9 2014 7:38 PM
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently deciding whether or not to approve Comcast's $45.2 billion proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable, a deal that would combine the two largest cable providers in the U.S. and give net Comcast an additional 30 million subscribers. Meanwhile, Dish Network is screaming in the FCC's ear to block the deal over concerns that it would present "serious competitive concerns."

One of Dish Network's biggest concerns is the control of so-called choke points in the broadband pipeline that Comcast could use to harm competing video services. The choke points include the direct connection to consumers, the interconnection point, and managed or specialized channels, each of which could be used to throttle video coming from competing video services.

"There do not appear to be any conditions that would remedy the harms that would result from the merger," Jeffrey Blum, senior vice president and deputy general counsel for Dish Network said in a filing.

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Blum also argued that Comcast would be able to extract lower prices from programmers, thereby forcing programmers to charge even higher rates from smaller pay-TV providers like Dish Network to make up for their lost revenue. However, as with every dispute, there's two sides to this story, and Comcast sees things a bit differently.

"Dish has long been one of our most vigorous competitors, and unlike us has a national footprint available in tens of millions of more homes than a combined Comcast-Time Warner Cable," Sena Fitzmaurice, a spokeswoman for Comcast, told Bloomberg Businessweek in an email.

It's worth noting that Dish Network didn't ask the FCC to block AT&T's $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, but said that also "presents competitive concerns."
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Guys like your last 12 posts have broken links

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Marco C replied on Wed, Jul 9 2014 9:22 PM

@Nathan - From our FB page? Which links?

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Nathan Meters - Which links? This one here on FB is working?

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Your last 5 posts at least say " what I'm looking for cannot be found " when I click on them using Android and Facebook running in Chrome .

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HotHarware, the link on this article in particular for me is not working. Even trying to get to the article directly from your site.

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It is all working on my end.

That footprint in 10's of millions of more homes is a moot point. That is like saying, steam has a national footprint equivalency, wait, greater footprint than dish, therefore they can control yahoo's and google's functions.

Next, Disney!

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realneil replied on Thu, Jul 10 2014 2:54 PM

It all works for me too.

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