Quad 7 Capital has learned today that consumer groups are urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to block AT&T’s (T) $85B plan to buy Time Warner (TWX), saying it will lead to anticompetitive effects. Seven groups including Consumers Union and Common Cause say that the deal would give AT&T the ability to withhold Time Warner content from other outlets (holding it for its own DirecTV) and lead to higher prices and a slower spread of online video.

Conversely, it would create incentives for AT&T to ignore independent programmers’ content. As such, the deal “poses … grave dangers to consumers and creators in mature and emerging markets,” the groups argue.

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