October 24, 2007 4:30 AM PDT

Report: AT&T considers bid for EchoStar or DirecTV

Lawyers looking into time it might take for government approval of a deal, according to newspaper report.

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The government will approve it...
because they can't seem to remember why the major communications companies were broken up in the first place.

we went from 1 telephone provider to many, and now we're back to about 4 major ones (for now). TV is the same way.

Where I live (Atlanta), you only have a choice between Comcast and Satellite (unless you live in cox territory, then it's cox and satellite). Soon it will be AT&T, Comcast/Cox and Satellite. So roughly three choices unless the government approves a deal with att and a satellite provider.

It wouldn't be far fetched to believe that in 5 -7 years most people will have 1-2 providers for wireless and TV, more than likely provided by the same 1-2 companies.
Posted by nyte3k (19 comments )
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umm...
"AT&:38;T could disclose a bid to buy either of them before year-end in the hope of getting approvals before a new administration takes office, the paper said."

didn't you notice that the current administration is all about big business?
Posted by dondarko (261 comments )
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AT&:38;T Must be a new company
I never heard of AT&:38;T.

PWNED!
Posted by inachu (963 comments )
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Thanks
We've fixed the ampersand coding. :)
Posted by Zoe Slocum (42 comments )
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I hope this doesn't go through...
Then AT&T would be the ONLY paid TV provider in my area. Talk about eliminating the competition... :(
Posted by umbrae (1073 comments )
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SBC tried to buy DirecTV before...
SBC tired to buy DirecTV before and they were turned DOWN... This was just before they bid for AT&T..... Fox.. Was instrumental in getting SBC shot down by the FCC.
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