Is AT&T a Digital Underdog? A Judge Will Weigh the Dallas Giant Against Netflix, Amazon in Merger Battle

When Dallas-based AT&T faces off with the Justice Department next week over its planned merger with Time Warner, the fight won’t just be about about a business deal. For the company, it is a fight for its piece of the future.The giant telecom, with roots that stretch back to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone in 1876, finds itself at another pivotal moment in its history. The ground is shifting in its businesses. Growth in the wireless market has slowed and been under price pressure in a world where smartphones are commonplace. Customers have new ways to watch TV without a cable box or satellite dish. And tech companies born in the digital age are increasingly treading on AT&T’s turf.  Continue reading...

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