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Apple is looking for special treatment from Comcast’s cables to bypass congestion, a report says.
Apple is looking for special treatment from Comcast’s cables to bypass congestion, a report says.
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Red flags should be waving over AT&T and Comcast bids

Two big telecom deals are stirring up antitrust static that can’t necessarily be silenced with just a little fine-tuning. AT&T’s $67-billion (U.S.) bid for DirecTV and Comcast’s $45-billion tilt at Time Warner Cable raise fears about less competition and higher rates. The buyers say price caps and other concessions should resolve any issues, but history suggests they don’t usually work well.