AT&T and DirecTV met with the FCC to address conditions the Commission could impose on the $48.5 billion merger.
The restrictions involve including all video services in any data caps AT&T implements, selling standalone 25 Mbps broadband service, where it is available, for no more than $29.95 for seven years, and to adhere to net neutrality rules for seven years.
In the filing AT&T also said they don’t have an incentive to implement usage-based pricing in such a way that would harm OVD competition. AT&T mentioned that the Commission’s position on the matter supports AT&T’s.
“The record does not support Opponents’ request that AT&T be barred from exempting any online video service from any usage-based tracking, metering, or billing in its broadband services,” said AT&T in the filing. “In its recent Open Internet Order, the Commission declined to impose the sort of “across-the- board” prohibitions sought here by Opponents.” The company also said, “Opponents offer no reason for the Commission to reverse these very recent conclusions and issue a blanket, abstract prohibition that would apply only to AT&T.”
AT&T went on to say usage-based pricing would prevent customers from obtaining the service they want for the price they want; that this would affect competition by preventing AT&T from vying with cable’s higher-speed broadband offerings.
The FCC suspended the 180 day period on its review of the deal two and a half months ago.
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