Telecom companies make all sorts of promises when they need government approval for a merger.
After a while, they all tend to sound the same. AT&T, for example, has continually pledged to build out its wireline and wireless networks to greater numbers of Americans in order to gain favor with regulators.
AT&T’s promises have been generally the same since its purchase of BellSouth in 2006: home broadband for everyone in its entire wireline service area and cellular coverage for nearly everyone in the United States. The company’s pending $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV brings more of the same, with AT&T promising “to upgrade two million additional locations to high-speed broadband with GigaPower FTTP (fiber to the premise) and expand our high-speed broadband footprint to an additional 13 million locations.”
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