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AT&T buying DirecTV

By Rich Heldenfels Published: May 18, 2014

Media consolidation continues. One story is here. As a consumer, I am wondering if this will make AT&T's U-verse programming more available.

I live in a modest suburb of Akron, and U-Verse targeted the wealthier neighborhoods first; I would get offers from AT&T for phone and Internet but, when I asked about bundling them with U-Verse, I was told that was not available.

What I would like to see, and I realize it is a foolish hope, is that this new deal will kick off a big-time price war between program providers. Even with scaling back the services we get, our Time Warner cable/Internet/phone bill is a killer. And heaven knows what it will be like after the Charter/ TWC merger, after which we will end up with Charter. (As I have said before, it all feels too much like the events around Knight Ridder, McClatchy and Black Press.)

But a price war would suggest some real competition, when all these mergers argue against that.

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