Wednesday, 18 July 2018

US telco-media mega-merger: it snow joke

By Mary Lennighan, for Total Telecom
Friday 23 March 18

Industry watchers shy away from predicting the outcome of the AT&T-Time Warner merger trial as both sides make compelling arguments for and against vertical integration

Bad weather on the eastern seaboard delayed the start of the antitrust trial over the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger, but as opening arguments eventually got underway this week one thing became immediately clear: to those involved and their major rivals, this is an incredibly serious business. The past 17 months since AT&T announced it had agreed to pay $85.4 billion for content giant Time Warner have seen the U.S. divide into two camps. On one side there are those that insist the merger will damage competition and lead to higher prices for consumers, since it brings together Time Warner's significant content assets with AT&amp…

Bad weather on the eastern seaboard delayed the start of the antitrust trial over the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger, but as opening arguments eventually got underway this week one thing became immediately clear: to those involved and their major rivals, this is an incredibly serious business. The past 17 months since AT&T announced it had agreed to pay $85.4 billion for content giant Time Warner have seen the U.S. divide into two camps. On one side there are those that insist the merger will damage competition and lead to higher prices for consumers, since it brings together Time Warner's significant content assets with AT&amp…

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