Dish tells FCC to stifle Comcast merger
For months, cable’s largest player, Comcast, has insisted that its $45 billion merger with the second-largest player, Time Warner Cable, won’t affect market competition. The merger may be as large as its opposition, led in part by former FCC leader Michael Copps, a legion of internet giants [LINK], media leaders and a handful of politicians. On Monday, another player joined the motley team of net neutrality advocates, but for very different reasons.
Dish Network is one of the few large video providers that has not latched onto a competitor. AT&T coupled with DirecTV. Comcast became best buds with Time Warner Cable. Dish found itself alone — and vulnerable. So the company asked the FCC to block Comcast’s merger, arguing that it, “presents serious competitive concerns,” as does DirecTV’s merger with AT&T, representatives said at a meeting.
After months of angry debates, unproductive hearings and all-capped public comment submissions, the FCC has finally set a timeline for the proposed Comcast merger. The first deadline on the 180-day process is Aug. 25, the last day to submit comments and petitions. Then, Comcast must respond to those comments by Sept. 23 so that by Oct. 8 the public can respond to Comcast’s responses.
In other words, the process is like one massive, online comment thread — complete with trolls.