Buying your competitor to take over a market is illegal. Anti-competitive,
price-fixing, and other laws are long-established and well-needed. They protect
people from people who don't want to play by the rules of a free market.If these people don't like free-market capitalism, they should move
elsewhere.And the article is wrong. Cellular "data plans"
are not in the same market as broadband/cable. That's like comparing a
bicycle to an airplane. Not only is one considerably slower, but their functions
and capabilities are dramatically different. If they offered the same thing,
they'd be competing- but they don't.
Cable TV business is dying. The merged one would survival for another 10 years?
One biggest reason is that their current business mode – push down 200+
channels to customers when one specified customer may only need one or two or
three live sport channels to watch. Another reason is the whole entertainment
industry is shifting to Internet-based business that means fewer and fewer
people are sitting on couch to watch News or Shows nowadays.