“Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday it filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny the proposed merger of Charter Communications Inc and Time Warner Cable, citing substantial harm to competitors and consumers,” Rosmi Shaji reports for Reuters.

“The petition said that the proposed deal would be no better for the public interest than the one proposed between Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable,” Shaji reports. “Dish also noted that a Time Warner-Charter merger would result in two broadband providers, the other being Comcast, controlling about 90 percent of U.S. high-speed broadband networks.”

Shaji reports, “Dish also quoted Sling TV Chief Executive Roger Lynch, who said the proposed merger would harm other emerging competitive online video products and services, and also affect the performance of traditional satellite television service, ultimately reducing competition and choice for consumers.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The U.S. needs more competition in the broadband Internet and television content delivery, not less.

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