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LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition

Nearly three fourths of Light Readers polled this week say that the combination of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS) will not improve competition in the communications industry. (See Ma Bell Is Back!.)

Shortly after the mother of all mega-mergers was announced on Sunday, Light Reading put up its most recent poll -- Ma Returns -- measuring the feelings of you, our dear readers, on an almost completely reassembled Ma FrankenBell. So far, 177 readers have taken the poll. (See Will AT&T Become Ma Video?.)

The combination of two phone company giants will result in one fewer phone company, but that won't ease the pressure on phone company competitors. Thirty-five percent of those polled say the cable MSOs will feel most of the competitive pressure resulting from the deal, while about the same number feel that the other U.S. BOCs -- Verizon and Qwest -- will feel the most heat.

Finally, most of our readers who took the poll don’t believe AT&T merger mania is over. Nearly 60 percent said the carrier will make another major acquisition. (See Cingular's Converged Future.)

Who could AT&T possibly consume next? If you have an inside track, or a wild-ass guess, feel free to let us know on the board below.

— Mark Sullivan, Reporter, Light Reading

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 4:02:14 AM
re: LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition dude, like no way the powers that be would allow Verizon and AT&T to combine.

We'd all have to go back driving the Model T or something.

Mark Sullivan 12/5/2012 | 4:02:14 AM
re: LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition I think it will be Qwest. And then Verizon.
Mark Sullivan 12/5/2012 | 4:02:13 AM
re: LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition Kinda kidding on Verizon, but with people like Robert McDowell -- long-time Bell lobbyist and the Bush administration's pick for the fifth member of the FCC -- making the scene maybe we should never say never. The line between the lobbyists and the policymakers has never been more easily crossed in DC.
Mark Sebastyn 12/5/2012 | 4:02:13 AM
re: LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition You wanted a WAG. Happy to comply.

Bellsouth wasn't a big surprise because AT&T needs Cingular to provide 'one number' services that will kill the cable/voip threat dead. When you can offer copperline, voip, and wireless all with the same number, with no integration, at equal cost - no one will compete.

Expect Verizon and AT&T to start competing with each other using VoIP and Wireless.

Also expect massive cable consolidation. And expect Cable to buy both wireless and enterprise/long-haul assets.

In 5 years, the only difference between the bellcos and the telcos will be twisted pair and coax.

More here:

http://www.nyquistcapital.com/...
nwave 12/5/2012 | 4:02:13 AM
re: LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition Cox?
I think not. ATT would stay clear of Cable
they sank over 100 billion into buying MediaOne
and TCI in the late 90s. Comcast then bought
all of these assets off a beleguered ATT for the same price they offered to buy Media One a few years
earlier.
wkdpssh 12/5/2012 | 4:02:13 AM
re: LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition Cox Communications
nwave 12/5/2012 | 4:02:13 AM
re: LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition AT&T sat on the wall.
AT&T had a great fall.
All the King's Horses and all the King's Men
WERE able to at&t back together again!

(from http://www.broadbandtrends.com...
fgoldstein 12/5/2012 | 4:02:05 AM
re: LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition Lucent. Why not? They can change its name back to Western Electric and start building crossbars again. The Big Ed can say he has this neat new invention, the ESS, which uses reed relays, and he will start to deploy it if and only if he gets Regulatory Relief and other switch vendors are banned from the country.

The FCC will take it seriously. But under protest from Adelstein and Copps, they'll compromise and implement the Primary Instrument Concept, with Protective Coupling Devices for Foreign Attachments.
materialgirl 12/5/2012 | 4:02:02 AM
re: LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition Their next step is to use their scale to buy all the WiMax licenses supposedly coming to market before the end of the bush term. Then, they will just sit on them, and use their cash flow to sue munis who dare to take matters into their own hands. They have to do all of this in less than three years, because the next administration is not likely to allow any of this to happen.
telco1158 12/5/2012 | 4:01:54 AM
re: LR Poll: Merger Won't Spur Competition They'll buy Lightreading, give Peter and Stephen the boot, force LR into a printed paper to appease their stockholders, sue forum members for all the years of libel against MaBell and her iterations, sell LR a year later at a loss.

Meanwhile Peter, Stephen and monkey are Podcasting/Blackberrying/Satradioing their latest gig called MobileViewing. Watch, listen and talk tech news and gossip 24/7/365 anywhere.

FCC breaks up MaBell for being too big. And it happens all over again.
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