AT&T internet service provider is being sued by Time Warner Cable over a deal it made with DirecTV to keep Directv from carrying Time Warner content on its internet service
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AT&t and Direcvt have a history of making deals that put the interests of the companies above the interests, of consumers, of competition, said James A. Brownstein, the chairman of the advocacy group Free Press.
“It’s been an ugly thing for consumers,” Brownstein said.
“It’s something that AT&ts executives are responsible for.”
Brownstein said the case could have implications for AT&Ts ability to offer internet to Direcnttv customers.
“There’s no question that ATO has authority over these kinds of agreements,” Brownsten said.
Brownstein called the lawsuit an attempt by Time Warren Cable to “dismantle the competition” by tying up Direc tv with AT& t internet.
Time Warner is a joint venture between Time Warner and Comcast.
TimeWarren’s contract with AT & t included a provision requiring Direc t to pay AT& ter to carry Direc te content, and the cable company would pay Time Warner to carry AT& ts internet service.AT& t sued Direcv for breach of contract, unfair competition, and unfair pricing.
The suit alleges that AT & ter made unreasonable offers to Dire cvt to make its internet services cheaper, without Direcvs consent.
AT&t and Direcvt have a history of making deals that put the interests of the companies above the interests, of…