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It hopes cost savings will find their way into prices

AT&T's potential acquisition of DirecTV has many feeling skeptical due to the possibility of higher prices and fewer choices for consumers, and the telecom company's latest remarks in hearings with lawmakers didn't seem to ease that skepticism.

According to Reuters, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told lawmakers at hearings in the House of Representatives and the Senate that he can't promise lower prices for consumers "dollar-for-dollar" in the way of savings from lower content fees. 

However, he does see potential savings in other forms. 

"One would have to believe in the market and the market pressures, and that market pressures will compete margins away and cost savings will find their way into prices," said Stephenson.

DirecTV CEO Michael White added that savings could possibly be seen in the way of value bundles, but that committing to lower prices is difficult because of current content prices.
 

Both companies agree that a merger would allow them to provide rural areas with better Internet services and compete with cable companies.

But many are still concerned about what such a merger means for competition in the cable market, since both AT&T and DirecTV are in the same business. 

The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will ultimately decide the fate of the merger. 

AT&T and DirecTV announced their $48.5 billion USD merger just last month. 

The merger comes at a sensitive time when consumers, lawmakers and the tech industry are still dealing with Comcast's $45 billion USD purchase of Time Warner Cable. 

Source: Reuters



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By StevoLincolnite on 6/27/2014 4:59:29 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Many countries are socialist in nature. The US is not supposed to be. I have no problem with requiring others to build their own network. No one should be forced to product access to what they built so others can compete with them. What you're talking about is nationalizing all telecommunications infrastructure.


I live in a democratic, capitalist nation.
It's exactly how we do it here.

And not only is our broadband faster, it's cheaper too.


By tamalero on 6/30/2014 2:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
I still find it laughable how some people bash the EU. But at same time praise their claim of their nation's
"lobbying for protection" means "perfect capitalism".


By StevoLincolnite on 7/1/2014 10:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not in the EU. ;)


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