Public Knowledge, joined by the Institute for Local Self Reliance, has filed a petition to block the AT&T/DirecTV merger.
They argue the deal would harm video competition, incentivize AT&T to shift customers from wireline to wireless service and has "unverifiable" public interest benefits.
While they filed a petition to deny, they also had a fall-back position, saying if the deal is approved, it needs conditions to alleviate any public interest harms. But it made clear the best course was "no" rather than a conditional "yes."
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