US: Unlike Senate, House declines AT&T, Comcast merger hearings

The US Senate announced last Friday that it has set June 24 to hold a hearing on the proposed merger between AT&T and DirecTV.

The Senate’s judiciary antitrust subcommittee has scheduled a hearing to examine the deal. According to reports, the House will no do the same.

The House Commerce Communications subcommittee announced last Thursday that it would not hold similar hearings for either the AT&T merger with DirecTV or the Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable. The subcommittee’s chairman, Greg Walden (R-OR).

The multibillion-dollar mergers would overhaul the nation’s telecommunications industry, experts say, but both face significant antitrust hurdles from regulators. Last week, AT&T touted its merger to the Federal Communications Commission as one that would help consumers and competition.

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