Democrats Fear AT&T-Time Warner Deal Will Give Them a ‘Wedge’ Against Trump

Some Democrats used the end of the government’s antitrust review of the AT&T-Time Warner merger Monday to argue that the $81 billion deal will hurt diversity and workers and could diminish competition.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said the deal “raises concerns” for companies like Netflix, Apple and Hulu.

“I hope this deal is rejected,” he told reporters on Capitol Hill. “AT&T is an important provider of content to these platforms, but it’s also important to have a wide variety of platforms to watch content on.”

Other Democrats complained the deal raises important questions about future telecommunications laws.

“We need to get this right,” Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said. “I’m concerned that the merger will not be good for consumers.”

During the end of the DOJ review, it became clear the government would recommend approving the merger.

AT&T won’t break up the media company, and will retain operating control of the new company, but both companies had to agree not to use the merger as a bargaining chip with rival media companies.

AT&T must divest CNN’s parent company, Time Warner, to any rival providers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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