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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Liberals Look to Lawless FCC to Stop a Media Deal

For once there was nary a word of reproof when Donald Trump showed a lack of respect for the limits of presidential authority. Presidents do not get to reject business mergers, as Mr. Trump said he would do to last week’s proposed merger of ATT and Time Warner. Then again, maybe the joke’s on America. […]

AT&T Project Hemisphere used to spy on citizens

In newly reviewed documents, several parties looking into ATT’s operation of Project Hemisphere have determined the communications carrier is undertaking surveillance on American citizens that far exceeds what the NSA did pursuant to the Patriot Act. On top of the potentially intrusive nature of the program, ATT has turned it into a profit center so […]

The golden age of movies could spell doom for AT&T’s bid on Time Warner

Making entertainment and transmitting it to people electronically are quite different businesses. So why are people worried that a combination of ATT and Time Warner could be anti-competitive? The answer lies in the golden age of Hollywood. The early days of the film industry were like the early days of most industries: Cut-throat, largely unsupervised […]

AT&T/Time Warner: The Case Against Monster Bell

ATT’s mega-deal for Time Warner is drawing opposition across the political spectrum. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images) After ATT announced its plans last Saturday to take over Time Warner in a multibazillion-dollar merger, a strange thing happened. Well, a bunch of strange things. First, Donald Trump unexpectedly blasted the merger, saying it was “a deal we […]

Regulatory Microscope Lies Ahead for AT&T and Time Warner

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No nudes, bloated apps, Android sucks and 497 other complaints about Apple to the FTC

Exclusive Apple and its products prompted almost 500 complaints to the US Federal Trade Commission in the past 22 months – a number that suggests the iGiant has cut the rate at which consumers express dissatisfaction. That of course doesn’t include social media ire about the new MacBook Pro. The Register sent a Freedom of […]

Nelson Agholor not discussing drops: ‘I’m tired of hearing that s—‘

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WSJ: AT&T agrees to acquire Time Warner for >$80 billion, deal to be announced shortly [Update: Official!]

[Update: ATT has officially announced that it will acquire Time Warner for $107.50 per share. The deal will now go through the usual legal process to ensure the companies comply with anticompetitive regulations.] After a few days of deliberations, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the deal is done. ATT has agreed to buy Time Warner for […]

AT&T: Google is an evil empire that must be stopped

Following up on the Federal Communications Commission’s continuing investigation into the legality and regulatory positioning of Google Voice, telecommunications giant ATT addressed the FCC with a document entitled, “The Truth About Google Voice and the Open Internet Principles.” (PDF available here, hosted by the Washington Post.) It reads quite like any other publication with a […]

You: “AT&T = Evil Empire” AT&T CSR: “No Problem, Have A Great Day!”

Rhett was trying to order $10 DSL for his mom when he got the fabled “$10 DSL Runaround.” Rhett writes: My mother recently moved to a new home and was trying to decide which provider she should choose to provide internet service. I told her that because of ATT’s recent merger, they had to provide […]