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