AT&T Chief Says Tech Giants Hold Too Much Power Over Streaming [WSJ]

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AT&T Chief Says Tech Giants Hold Too Much Power Over Streaming [WSJ]

By Drew Fitzgerald

October 19, 2020 | HBO Max is attracting more viewers but is up against big tech companies with outsize market power, the chief of the streaming video service’s parent said Monday.

AT&T Inc. Chief Executive John Stankey said the coronavirus pandemic showed that internet providers no longer act as gatekeepers for online content, with most cable and fiber networks performing well under the crush of Americans working and studying remotely this year.

But the CEO said tech giants like Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. should be scrutinized for their power to restrict the kinds of apps and services allowed on their platforms.

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