FCC Protects Online Video In AT&T-DirecTV Merger Review

By Margaret Harding McGill (July 24, 2015, 8:11 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission looked beyond the creation of the second-largest video distributor and toward the future of online video competition in the conditions it imposed while approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV, experts said Friday.

The FCC announced its approval of the deal Friday, tying it to six major conditions that include a large build-out of the new company's fiber-to-the-premises network and commitments that go further than the agency's Open Internet Order. The conditions appear to align with the commission's goal of promoting competition in the video ecosystem so that consumers can use a broadband connection to obtain an...

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