SBC’s Acquisition of AT&T Changes the Landscape, Unleashing a
Host of Industry Issues
By Brian Washburn, Current Analysis
Published February 2005, Posted March 2005
The second-largest incumbent local carrier, fresh from an acquisition that turned it into the largest wireless carrier, has now bid to acquire the largest interexchange carrier. Regulators have basically shrugged at the prospect of SBC acquiring AT&T to become even bigger than titan carrier Verizon. While observers are still digesting the issues that represent the tip of the iceberg, plenty of hurdles and industry implications can already be extrapolated that will challenge SBC and AT&T, as well as the ripple effect it will have on other carriers.
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