US: Dish fights Comcast, TWC deal

Dish Network has reportedly appealed to the Federal Communications Commission urging the regulator to block the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast.

Dish’s filing with the FCC was coupled with chairman Charlie Ergen’s meeting with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Monday, say reports. Dish argues that the Comcast deal will harm competition and that it “should be denied” because it would give too much broadband market power to the combined company.

As Dish readies to launch a new online video streaming service to compete with the growing industry, the company says the Comcast deal would strengthen its already dominant position at certain points of Internet content delivery.

Further, reports say, Dish argues that even with concessions imposed on the deal, the merger would lead to harm to consumers and the market.

Dish joins other major conglomerates including Netflix that have spoken out against the $45 billion takeover of TWC.

Full content: Wall Street Journal

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