back to article Merger-hungry AT&T sued for price gouging by Texas ISP

AT&T has been hit with a particularly badly-timed antitrust lawsuit accusing it of price gouging. The telecoms giant was sued [PDF] by Texas-based ISP and TV carrier En-Touch Systems for charging exorbitantly high prices for a local sports channel AT&T owned in the Houston market. The suit, filed in AT&T subsidiary DirecTV's …

  1. Chad H.

    Just going to get more and more of this with Net Neutrality. Content providers and carriers will seek each other out, to prevent others from shafting them - Mutually Assured Destruction for the internet age.

  2. beep54
    Devil

    Anything that can be done to shaft AT&T is a good thing.

  3. Gene Cash Silver badge

    I hope that ISP has a good lawyer and they can afford to carry the fight to the end w/o settling.

    1. Will Godfrey Silver badge
      Unhappy

      That's the problem. AT&T with throw shitloads of the most expensive lawyers they can find at this simply to bankrupt En-Touch, with not-so-subtle hints that anyone else complaining will get the same treatment.

      1. Alan Brown Silver badge

        AT&T have managed to reassemble themselves without antitrust oversight, or that pesky universal service obligation. Go figure.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Vertical integration

    There is something to be said about prohibiting vertical integration within the media sector. This is how we're going to end up with giant media fiefdoms. A single company will own everything from the studio to the cable box under your TV. If your local television/internet provider doesn't have a studio of its own to use as a reciprocity tool, you're out of luck. And if the megacorp that provides your access gets into a spat with a rival megacorp, forget about subscribing to their media portal. With Net Neutrality gone, you'll be lucky to get a 360p feed.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Too many mergers. We're quickly moving back to monopoly positions in many industries. If this comes down to Ajit Pai then AT&T will be allowed to do this. It fits with the Trump ideology of the wealthy screwing everyone else and plays into Pai's wanting a highly paid with one of the ISPs once he leaves politics. Possibly, the worst part of Trump's reign will be all the Judges' he appoints. They're all a bunch of far right-wing nutbags who care nothing about the citizenry and so Trump's legacy of screwing over everyone but the wealthy will continue well after he's long gone.

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