Monday, March 21, 2011

The AT&Terminator: Rise of Ma Bell | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD

A big bet for AT&T, which faces a $3B payment if the deal isn’t approved by regulators

Consumer groups echoed those concerns, with Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn calling the combination of America’s second-largest wireless carrier with the fourth-largest “unthinkable” and Bert Foer, president of the American Antitrust Institute, reminding us of AT&T’s monopolistic past. “AT&T was broken up and now it’s back with a vengeance,” he said. “We have to decide if we’re happy with the idea of going back to monopolistic treatment of the telecom industry. AT&T has come back to monopolistic power just like the Terminator.”

The AT&Terminator: Rise of Ma Bell | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD

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