FCC approves AT&T, DirecTV deal, with conditions [telecom]

By Jacob Pramukm CNBC, July 24, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV, which will create a telecom behemoth as consolidation stirs across the industry.

The move will combine the nation's second-largest wireless carrier with its biggest satellite television provider. The Justice Department already cleared the deal, which will create a company with about 26 million cable and satellite subscribers.

The purchase previously came under scrutiny for possibly reducing competition, but the FCC determined it is "in the public interest." Under conditions of the agreement, AT&T-DirecTV will be required to expand high-speed fiber optic broadband access to 12.5 million customer locations and offer discounts to low-income consumers.

"The conditions imposed by the commission address potential harms presented by the combination of AT&T, one of the nation's largest telephone and Internet service providers, and DirecTV, the nation's largest satellite video provider," the agency said in a statement.

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