To the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department:

AT&T has jumped on the merger bandwagon and wants to buy satellite-TV operator DIRECTV for a total of $67.1 billion. This is just the latest instance of a telecom company opting to buy up the competition instead of investing in high-speed Internet buildout for its existing customers.

We need more competition, not more mergers. I urge you to block AT&T's deal.

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    Say NO to This Merger and YES to High-Speed Internet for All

    The cable and phone companies must think we're stupid. While they're running around proposing mega-mergers with mammoth price tags, we're stuck with poor service, slow speeds and sky-high prices.

    AT&T wants to buy satellite-TV operator DirecTV for a total of $67.1 billion.1 For the same amount, AT&T could triple the size of its fiber broadband footprint and sign up more video subscribers than DIRECTV currently serves.

    But AT&T doesn't care about providing better services or connecting more people to the Internet. This deal is all about killing off a competitor.

    This is a no-brainer: We need more competition, not more mergers.

    Tell federal regulators to block the AT&T-DIRECTV merger.


    1. "Why the AT&T-DIRECTV Deal Is the Dumbest, Most Wasteful Deal Ever (at Least Since Comcast–Time Warner Cable)," Free Press, May 19, 2014: