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US: Dish files arguments against Charter cable merger

 |  February 10, 2016

US pay TV operator Dish Network has filed a reply with the FCC countering arguments made by cable operators Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks defending their proposed merger. In the reply, Dish argues that the applicants have failed to prove that this proposed merger is in the public interest.

Dish has reiterated its call for the FCC to deny the merger. Dish made the following key points: New Charter will have an increased incentive and ability to harm online video distributors (OVDs); New Charter is likely to increase broadband prices, further prejudicing rival OVDs.

The merger will create a dominant duopoly with the incentive to engage in anti-competitive parallel conduct; And the merger ‘benefits’ are nothing more than repackage plans and conjecture.

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