Satellite TV provider Dish Network wants the government to block Comcast's $45 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable.
Charlie Ergen, the chairman of Dish, met on Monday with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and other agency officials, telling them that the massive deal presents "serious competitive concerns" for the TV and Internet marketplaces, according to a regulatory filing released Wednesday.
Ergen argued that no number of conditions could address his concerns and that the FCC should kill the deal outright.
He expressed particular concern that Comcast would control "choke points" on the Internet that would allow it to throttle access to competing video services.
Dish subscribers can stream TV shows and movies on their computers and tablets, and the company is planning its own Internet TV service. But many of those customers are accessing that content over Comcast's broadband Internet network, and Comcast would gain access to millions more broadband customers if it completes its purchase of Time Warner Cable.
Ergen warned that Comcast could put its own video in "high-speed lanes," squeezing out the competition.
"Each choke point provides the ability for the combined company to foreclose the online video offerings of its competitors," the company wrote in the filing.