Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York

John T. Stankey, Senior EVP of the AT&T/Time Warner merger said that if AT&T and Time Warner were to merge, it wouldn't be in the combined company's best interest to work with another vertically-integrated company, such as Comcast/NBCUniversal, to together restrict their content from digital distribution competitors, or "skinny bundles."

Why it matters: The DOJ has argued that the merger will give two big companies with both content and distribution services an incentive to team up and simultaneously hold back their content from upcoming internet skinny bundle rivals, like YouTube TV or Dish's Sling TV.

"I don't even like Comcast."
— John Stankey

Stankey argued that AT&T is better positioned to leverage its massive mobile network to beef up its video business than it is to restrict its video content from other providers.

"We want to get everything out there," he said. "We don't want to play their game. We want to figure out how we use our mobile network to change the game."

Go deeper

Case growth outpacing testing in coronavirus hotspots

Data: The COVID Tracking Project. Note: Vermont and Hawaii were not included because they have fewer than 20 cases per day. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The United States' alarming rise in coronavirus cases isn't due to increased testing — particularly not where cases have grown fastest over the last month.

Why it matters: The U.S. doesn't yet know what it looks like when a pandemic rages on relatively unchecked after the health system has become overwhelmed. It may be about to find out.

The impending retail apocalypse

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Because of the coronavirus and people's buying habits moving online, retail stores are closing everywhere — often for good.

Why it matters: Malls are going belly up. Familiar names like J.C. Penney, Neiman Marcus and J. Crew have filed for bankruptcy. Increasingly, Americans' shopping choices will boil down to a handful of internet Everything Stores and survival-of-the-fittest national chains.

Biden campaign using Instagram to mobilize celebrity supporters

Collins appears on the Build live interview series in November 2019. Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

The Biden campaign is launching a new initiative today that will draft Hollywood celebrities for Instagram Live chats with campaign officials and other Biden supporters.

Why it matters: The campaign, called #TeamJoeTalks, is an attempt to open up a new front on social media, drawing on celebrities’ Instagram followers to help find and motivate voters while large parts of the country remain locked down.