Backchannel | 11.01.16
D&S advisor Susan Crawford discusses the possibility and implications of an AT&T and Time Warner Cable merger.
The high-speed internet access market in America is entirely stuck on a expensive plateau of uncompetitive mediocrity, with only city fiber networks providing a public option or, indeed, any alternative at all. The AT&T/TWX deal will not prompt a drop of additional competition in that market. Nor will it mean that the entertainment industry will see more competition or new entrants — just that one player will get an unfair distribution advantage. It’s hard to think of a single positive thing this merger will accomplish, other than shining a bright light on just how awful the picture is for data transmission in this nation.
This deal should be dead on arrival. In fact, AT&T should spare us by dropping the idea now. This merger must not happen.