Fewer choices is not good for the consumer. Plus, not having AT&T services currently I'm sure they'll find a way to penalize me. From the sounds of this, DTV customers will have little improvements and AT&T will just be using the DTV customer base as a cash cow with 0 incentive to upgrade or even keep prices the same. If this approves I'm cancelling my service.
I've stopped caring only because I signed the petitions to the FCC against all of these megamergers. Clearly ex-cable-company lobbyist Tom Wheeler has no interest in protecting consumers. I'm glad we have an alternative to Comcast internet in our area that doesn't suck, and that we don't watch cable TV.
The problem is not that we should care, the problem is that we are powerless to stop the wealthy companies from buying elections and placing their lobbyists to chair on their regulation committees. This will never change because the supreme court allowed unlimited money to flow from companies and wealthy individuals. This effectively silenced the voice of the majority of the people and our only hope is that competing companies buy their own candidate to stop anti-consumer decisions. Both democrats and republicans are the same party with different millionaires to support.