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Proposed AT&T-Time Warner Merger Provokes Broad Opposition

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MP3 Interview with Matt Wood, policy director of the media democracy group FreePress.net, conducted by Scott Harris

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In the march toward ever greater concentration of media ownership in the U.S., telecommunications colossus AT&T announced on Oct. 22 that it reached a deal to buy media giant Time Warner for $85.4 billion. This proposed mega-merger comes after Comcast’s buyout of NBCUniversal for $30 billion and Verizon Communications’ purchase of Yahoo and the Huffington Post.

AT&T, is America’s second-largest wireless carrier, a top broadband provider, and with its recent acquisition of DirectTV, a major pay-TV company, Time Warner is one of the top five US-based media and entertainment corporations, which owns CNN, HBO, TNT, TBS, the Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. studio and much more. If the merger is approved, it would bring together one of the largest content distributors with a top content supplier.

The deal will likely undergo scrutiny from regulators including the Department of Justice and possibly the Federal Communications Commission if the merger involves the transfer of broadcast licenses. Public interest groups have come out in opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger out of concern that consumers would be hit by stiff price hikes, and a reduction in content choices. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Matt Wood, policy director with the media democracy group FreePress.net. Here, he takes a critical look at the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger – and the positions of both major party presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. [Rush transcript.]

MATT WOOD: I think it's important not to lose sight in all the dollars and sense and the very important economic issues of the media concentration this would engender. And, when it comes to just the sheer size of the company and the political power that this company would control, AT&T is already one of the biggest spenders on politics, both in terms of campaign contributions and lobbying dollars. So, adding Time Warner would not only give them additional money to spend on that kind of stuff, but also give them a foothold in the movie business – Warner Brothers on down. And they have the DC Comics franchise, which of course is a very popular one these days.

There's the media diversity and the control over what we all see and get to watch everyday on TV screens and more and more online as well. There is the political consolidation, if you will, and the fact that AT&T is a huge lobbyist already for wireless and broadband issues, and now would be basically making its bed with MPAA – the Hollywood lobby that is itself indeed very powerful already. And then you get back to the dollars and cents for people around the country who would have to be paying off all that debt and all this money that AT&T will shell out for Time Warner if the deal is approved.

It's funny because this is what is sometimes called a vertical merger. AT&T is not so much heavily into the content business today, and so buying a movie studio and a bunch of TV networks that are in essence AT&T's supplier, when it comes to the programming they sell on their own cable and satellite TV packages. Sometimes those vertical mergers are dismissed; and for the last several decades they've been thought of as less dangerous than horizontal mergers, which is when you take out a competitor next to you in the same line of business. But we think vertical mergers are indeed dangerous and luckily a few more anti-trust academics and lawmakers are starting to come around to that theory. And what they do is, they don't take out a current competitor for AT&T or Time Warner in any large way, but it gives a single company – if this kind of thing goes through – control over both halves of that distribution process. And so AT&T could use all the new content it owns against other providers of wireless and wired TV and Internet service. Think Comcast and Verizon are pretty large and can take care of themselves, but also, the smaller competitors like Sprint and T-Mobile. They can use this content they've acquired and try to drive up the prices of other providers' customers. Suddenly not just Verizon and Comcast, but smaller competitors, smaller cable companies and phone companies around the country have to pay off one of their rivals in the form of AT&T if they want to get HBO or CNN content. And then AT&T can turn around in that vertical relationship, use the other half to its advantage as well against other content providers. We can say we don't really need your stuff, we have our own, thanks. So they can play hardball when it comes to negotiating for content because they have so many hundreds of millions of wireless and wired communications services customers.

So again, we think these vertical mergers are bad, and in fact, I don't know if you want to jump to this, but it's not just been groups like ours who have thankfully raised the alarm, many senators and even the presidential candidates this late in the election took notice of this deal. That's how big it is. I can't believe I'm saying this, with Donald Trump actually sounding a good note of caution and really alarm about this kind of media concentration and control of too much power in one country's hands. And then Tim Kaine and others on the Democratic side of the ticket, also expressing concerns when this deal broke last week.

BETWEEN THE LINES: What do we know about Hillary Clinton's position in the past on these giant mergers and any position she's taken on this current proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner?

MATT WOOD: I don't know that she's spoken on it herself, but Tim Kaine was on the Sunday talk shows last week and said it was a major cause of concern. It's funny because Hillary Clinton, I think, has more of a centrist and pro-business reputation than some Democrats do, certainly than Bernie Sanders, her main opponent in the primaries, did.

But then you'll hear people talking about how the Bill Clinton anti-trust enforcement under the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission was actually more stringent than the Obama administration has been. So again, we're seen a real awakening of interest in anti-trust especially during what was a record year for murders going into this one. But we've actually kind of hit rock bottom when it comes to stopping these deals during the second Bush administration and the earliest part of the Obama administration.

So what would a President Hillary Clinton do? I mean that's to be determined. The campaign has been willing to voice concern about this deal even here in these last crucial days before the election and we hope that any anti-trust enforcer worth their salt would take a hard look at this deal and we hope stop it. But, we're kind of a long way from getting that formal process right now.

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