Demand Progress statement on AT&T-Time Warner ruling

Today’s ruling is a wakeup call for members of Congress who are still on the fence about the Congressional Review Act resolution to restore net neutrality. Congress must stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans who demand net neutrality by discharging and passing the CRA resolution as quickly as possible

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2018
Contact: Mark Stanley, 202.681.7582, [email protected]

The following statement can be attributed to Demand Progress Director of Communications Mark Stanley:

“Now that the repeal of net neutrality has gone into effect, the approval of the mega-merger between AT&T and Time Warner will make a horrible situation much worse when it comes to a fair and open internet for consumers.”

“A merger between these corporate giants will give AT&T—one of the fiercest opponents of net neutrality protections and a violator of open internet principles—control over Time Warner’s vast universe of media content, from CNN to HBO. With the FCC’s order gutting net neutrality protections taking effect this week, there is currently nothing preventing AT&T from favoring its own content over that of competitors.”

“Attempts at other dangerous mega-mergers are sure to follow, and in a media landscape that favors consolidation and opens the door for internet providers to violate net neutrality, the harms to the public—from fewer choices to higher prices—will be immense.”

“Today’s ruling on the AT&T-Time Warner merger is a wakeup call for all members of Congress who are still on the fence about the Congressional Review Act resolution to restore net neutrality. The stakes are now higher than ever, and the public is watching intently. It’s Congress’s duty to stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans who demand net neutrality protections by discharging and passing the CRA resolution as quickly as possible.”

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