Antitrust Institute Attacks AT&T-BellSouth Merger

Law360, New York (April 11, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The proposed merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. threatens inter-modal broadband and local private-line competition, according to the American Antitrust Institute, which announced its opposition to the deal.

The Washington, D.C.-based antitrust organization claimed the $67 billion merger threatens to undermine inter-modal competition by combining fiber-based services with wireless broadband in one firm.

The primary problem with the merger, according to the AAI, stems from broadband connectivity, the new technology that will consolidate telephone calls, video phones, video programming and Internet surfing into one product....
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