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AT&T is Closer to Buying Time Warner


Last year it was announced that AT&T and Time Warner had agreed to a deal that would sell Time Warner to AT&T. That was only half the story, because the deal needs several government agencies to agree before it can happen.

Now Bloomberg is reporting that AT&T and the Department of Justice are deep in talks about how AT&T can make this deal meet anti-trust rules.

The anti-trust laws are seen by many as the main holdup for the AT&T and Time Warner merger. To address this it is reported that the Department of Justice has also asked several state attorneys general to participate in the talks. This seems to be an effort to make sure a deal reached here will be backed by states that may object.

There are still other hurdles to jump as the merger between Time Warner and AT&T would bring channels such as HBO, CNN, and TNT to the company that also owns DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW. Many wonder if this would give AT&T an unfair advantage over other services such as Dish and Sling TV.

The deal is likely still far from sealed, because AT&T has several more regulatory issues to be clear before it can close the deal and buy Time Warner.

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  • mau47

    If Comcast is allowed to own NBC/Universal and the movie studio, cable and broadcast channels that come along with it I can’t imagine how AT&T owning time warner is a problem.

    • Luis Escovedo

      The problem is that att is very expensive i left att because of that was paying 75 dls for 24mbps internet i moved to spectrum for 44.99 dls for 100mbps internet, only att and spectrum are the providers for internet in my area Inglewood California, can you imagine if only att will be tye provider ughhhh nooooo

      • mau47

        Thats a problem with all providers having essentially a monopoly on service areas. Where I live I can only get Verizon (Atlantic Broadband is in the general area but doesn’t service my neighborhood) and their cheapest internet only plan until very recently was $70 a month, now I have two choices in speeds. If I add on tv service the flood gates open with speed options.

        I am not necessarily advocating that AT&T should be able to buy them, just saying if the comcast deal can get by with everything NBC/Uni owns, I can’t see why this would be held up.

    • Jj

      Comcast shouldn’t be allow to own NBC. The current President promised to block this AT&T merger.

  • Joseph ewing

    Wasn’t Time Warner just bought up by Charter (Spectrum)?

    • Marcus Boddington

      That was Time Warner Cable, two separate companies, I know it is confusing.