NYTimes – AT&T’s Words on Time Warner Deal Say ‘Underdog.’ Its Actions Speak Otherwise

PCV notes the negotiating points that will be used on both sides of the debate on the deal.

April 23, 2017

Here in the nation’s capital, AT&T has painted itself as an underdog that needs to merge with Time Warner in a blockbuster $85 billion deal to compete with powerful cable companies.

But in several cities and states, AT&T’s actions send a different message. In Nashville and Louisville, Ky., AT&T has sued to make it harder for rival broadband providers to use utility poles. In Missouri, Tennessee and North Carolina, the company has pushed for laws that block municipal broadband providers. In San Francisco, AT&T has fought efforts to open up apartment buildings to more internet service providers.

In other words, AT&T has positioned itself as the incumbent telecommunications juggernaut that has acted to hamper competitors locally.

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