Cicilline Statement on Proposed Disney/Fox Merger

Thursday, December 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), the top-ranking Democrat on the House Antitrust Subcommittee, issued the following statement today:

“Another day, another mega-merger. Disney’s proposed purchase of 21st Century Fox threatens to put control of TV, movie, and news content into the hands of a single media giant.”

“If it’s approved, this merger could allow Disney to limit what consumers can watch and increase their cable bills. Disney will gain more than 300 channels, 22 regional sports networks, control over Hulu, and a significant portion of Roku.”

“America is in a Monopoly Moment. We need more competition than before, not less, to create an economy that has more choices and innovation, lower prices, and better jobs. The House Antitrust Subcommittee should look at this proposal very closely.”

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