White said his company, the nation's largest
satellite TV provider, was still determining what position to
take with Washington regulators who will review the merger. The
deal will be reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission
and either the U.S. Department of Justice or the Federal Trade
Commission, the two agencies that share antitrust oversight in
the United States.
"If the deal is approved as proposed, it clearly represents an
unprecedented media concentration in one company," White told
analysts on a conference call after DirecTV reported quarterly
"One of the challenges is to try and ensure that it is
appropriately scrutinized," he said.
Comcast, when it announced the deal on February 13, said it
would not reduce competition because the two cable providers do
not compete in any markets. Comcast also said the deal would
benefit consumers, in part because it would eventually result in
higher broadband speeds.
A Comcast spokesman had no comment on White's remarks.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; editing
by Jan Paschal)
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