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U.S. Greenlights AT&T and DirecTV Merger

July 26, 2015

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TIME

It’s official: AT&T can complete its purchase of satellite TV provider DirecTV now that the FCC has now approved the final conditions of the merger. The approval was not a surprise but many have been wondering what terms the agency would impose on a deal that will create the country’s biggest pay-TV provider, and has implications for internet policy.

On Friday, the FCC published a news release that set out the terms AT&T will have to follow. They are related to expanding broadband access and preserving competition, and can be summed up like this:

  • Expanding “Fiber to the Premises” to 12.5 million customers: under the deal, AT&T pledges to deploy high speed fiber internet offerings to millions. The FCC says this will help offset any reduced competition in the TV market.
  • Discount broadband for low-income consumers: AT&T will have to provide standalone broadband service (as opposed to a bundle of…

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