Microsoft urges FCC to approve AT&T merger with DirecTV

19 September 2014 | Kavit Majithia


US technology giant Microsoft has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve AT&T’s proposed acquisition of DirecTV.

Microsoft claims the deal will serve to help Americans’ connect to the internet, and expand customers’ reach.

The company wrote to the FCC this week after the regulator launched a formal review of the deal, and the commission is expected to respond to public comments regarding the deal in October.

AT&T is planning to expand its footprint to include 13 million rural customers if the deal is approved, and is working hard to assure the FCC that the deal is in the best interests of US consumers.

The US operator however facing stiff scrutiny after 90 of its former business partners demanded that the FCC block the bid.

If the FCC does approve the move, the Justice Department also has the right to block the deal if it can prove the merger violates antitrust laws.