House Small Business chair opposes merger

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Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), chairman of the House Small Business Committee,
is urging the Department of Justice to block EchoStar Communications Corp.'s
proposed $26 billion purchase of Hughes Electronics Corp. and its satellite-TV
subsidiary, DirecTV Inc.

'Small businesses and homeowners in rural areas will have no other options
because they can't receive cable TV,' Manzullo said. 'That's a monopoly, and
that's a violation of our antitrust laws.'

Manzullo joins a growing list of congressional opponents of the
merger.

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