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Missourians weigh in on AT&T and Time Warner merger

The decision could shape how much consumers pay for streaming movies and TV in the future. (File)

A federal judge on Tuesday approved AT&T's $85 billion merger with Time Warner. The decision could shape how much consumers pay for streaming movies and TV in the future.

The Department of Justice argued the combined company would be too large and too powerful, harming competition and hurting consumers.

"Well nobody likes paying more, I like more competition and cheaper prices," said Michael Kilker of Jefferson City.

"I think generally if there's a merger, less competitors, you're going to pay more."

The deal will give AT&T control of Time Warner's holdings, including CNN and HBO.

According to CBS News, the telecommunications giant said it needs to take over Time Warner to compete with companies like Google and Amazon, thereby benefiting consumers.

Some consumers disagree.

"One company having the lion's share of the market to where they can basically charge whatever they want with no competition," said internet user Kevin Gorsage.

"You have to be worried about companies becoming too big to fail."

The merger would be the fourth largest deal ever attempted in the global telecom, media and entertainment industry.

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