There are many concerns about AT&T’s pending join up with media giant Time Warner. Some of those concerns are the usual like consumer subscription costs etc. But another major concern being pushed by 13 advocacy groups is that an AT&T Time Warner join up will lead to the newly created company dominating the video distribution market. In a letter to the United States attorney general’s office from the 13 groups which includes the Consumer Federation of America and Free Press, AT&T already has the ability to serve as internet provider and video distributor for almost every person in America. Getting Time Warner will only solidify that already dominant position and even expand it. The merger itself is currently running into some political road bumps but is expected to win approval sometime before the summer ends.
Among other arguments, the advocates say that AT&T could favor its own over-the-top video services — such as by excluding its video from consumers’ data caps, or prioritizing streams of its video. (Current net neutrality rules appear to prohibit that kind of prioritization, but Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently proposed gutting those rules.)