FCC Approves AT&T-DirecTV Merger
July 24, 2015 at 11:49 AM (PT)
The FCC has approved the merger of AT&T and DIRECTV. Chairman TOM WHEELER joined Democrats MIGNON CLYBURN and JESSICA ROSENWORCEL in the majority opinion; Republicans MIKE O'RIELLY and AJIT PAI concurred in part and dissented in part.
The Commission's release on the approval stated that the decision "is based on a careful, thorough review of the record, which includes extensive economic analysis and documentary data from the applicants, as well as comments from interested parties. Based on this review, the Commission has determined that granting the application, subject to certain conditions, is in the public interest." The conditions on the merger include expansion of AT&T's deployment of high-speed fiber optic broadband Internet access service to 12.5 million customer locations plus to E-rate eligible schools and libraries. The merged company will be prohibited from discriminating against online video distribution services and will submit its Internet interconnection agreements for Commission review, and will offer broadband for low-income consumers at discounted rates.