In the wake of such craziness as the Comcast-Time Warner merger and the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules that threaten to destroy the internet, AT&T and DirecTV are trying to be the good guys. AT&T, which announced its acquisition of DirecTV today, will follow the old, good net neutrality rules for three years.

The two plan to close the $50 billion deal sometime within the next 12 months, after which the three year clock starts. It's not forever, and it's not as good as new net neutrality rules that actually protect net neutrality, but it's something; something that will make yet another giant acquisition just a liiiiiittle more palatable.


That is, if they're not just lying. [Ars Technica]

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