Consumers Worry That Sprint, T-Mobile May Revive Merger Talks

Renewed speculation about a possible merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is causing worry among mobile phone customers and consumer advocates, though some industry observers say it may be the only…

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AT&T, Time Warner Brace for Regulatory Firestorm


AT&T and Time Warner on Saturday announced they had reached a merger deal, setting off alarm bells across the industry. AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion. At least a year’s worth of regulatory scrutiny, public hearings and political maneuvering is expected. The deal, which followed days of speculation and tightly held negotiations, essentially would create the industry’s first vertically integrated mobile provider of premium cable. AT&T is already the largest pay-TV provider and one of the biggest telecoms in the world.

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Regulators Impose Caveats on Charter TWC Merger Approval


Federal regulators on Monday granted approval of Charter Communications’ $78 billion merger with Time Warner Cable and its $10.4 billion acquisition of Bright House Networks, but with a number of tough conditions. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit and settlement agreement in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that would block the new company, which it calls “New Charter” for legal purposes, from enforcing any deal that makes it harder for online video distributors to get video content from programmers.

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Sprint Goes Fishing for DirecTV Subscribers


Sprint last week announced it was celebrating the AT&T/DirecTV merger by extending a truly valuable offer to DirecTV customers. “The Sprint network is winning awards across the country for reliability and speed, and our customers have never been more satisfied,” crowed Sprint spokesperson Kristin Wallace. “We are simply giving DirecTV customers a compelling reason to experience Sprint.” Sprint’s one-time offer, which includes 2 GB of data per line, runs from Aug. 28 through Sept. 30.

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The Transformational AT&T, DirecTV Merger


AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV is more than a merger — it is a transformational event that could change the entire television space. It has the potential to create such intense competition that it very well could transform the entire television space — meaning cable TV, satellite TV and IPTV — and blend it with wireless. It means more choice and more innovation. Remember what AT&T did with Apple’s iPhone a few short years ago? Those two companies’ collaboration transformed the entire wireless industry.

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Charter, TWC Approval May Not Be Enough to Revitalize Cable


Will the Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable merger be approved? Comcast and Time Warner Cable decided to merge last year, but that deal eventually was blocked by regulators. After it fell apart last month, we all wondered what big deal might be next. Now we know. So will the Charter, TWC deal be approved? It’s way too early in the process to know for sure one way or the other. However, based on what we know so far, I believe this deal is very likely to meet regulators’ approval. In fact it could happen pretty quickly.

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Is Comcast, TWC Dead or Just Sleeping?


Now that the Comcast, Time Warner Cable merger deal has failed, what’s next? I think it’s likely that if Time Warner Cable is still around, the deal might be tried once again in a few years after the industry has transformed itself. Comcast obviously is still interested in expanding with Time Warner Cable and will try this merger dance again in a few years. This has worked before. Where, you ask? Think about AT&T over the last 10 to 15 years as one example. AT&T was the largest telephone company in the world during the last century.

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US regulators may scuttle Time Warner Cable-Comcast merger

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The Comcast/Time Warner merger may not happen after all. New information suggests the government will block the deal on the basis of potential harm to consumers.

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Most Americans oppose Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable

Most consumers in the United States oppose the proposed merger of the country’s biggest cable TV and broadband Internet providers, according to a new survey by the Consumer Reports National Resea…

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How Will Regulators Chaperone the Big Merger Dance?


SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son may have new hope for a Sprint, T-Mobile merger. After SoftBank merged with Sprint last summer, Son set his sights on T-Mobile. There was early resistance from regulators, but that may be softening, with Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV having joined the merger dance. Trying to understand and predict what regulators will do is always a challenge, and merger activity may influence their decision making. Sometimes only two companies want to merge, while at other times several mergers are in play.

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AT&T, DirecTV Merger Could Hamper Cord-Cutting


AT&T’s planned merger with DirecTV is far from a done deal. Among the objections that have been raised is one stemming from a filing this week with the Federal Communications Commission. There is now concern that the merger would make it more difficult for consumers to cut their cable-TV cords. The companies told the FCC in a public interest statement that the merger is the only way they would be able to compete with the likes of Comcast and Time Warner Cable — two companies that also have a pending merger.

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