DOJ Appeal of Time Warner Deal ‘Changes Nothing,’ Says AT&T CEO

AT&T chief Randall Stephenson said his company won’t alter its plans for running Time Warner’s media assets despite a Justice Department appeal.
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AT&T Getting ‘Tough’ on HBO? More Like Tough Love

When a conversation from a high-level internal meeting somehow makes its way into the press, that’s typically going to expose troubling news about the company involved. But in the curious case of a closed-door town hall last month between the new head of AT&T’s content arm and 150 employees from its newly acquired division, HBO, […]

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AT&T, Sprint Boost Customer Fees

AT&T and Sprint have recently raised the administrative fees they charge customers, moves that will bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue for the companies.
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Green Light for AT&T Deal Sets Up Comcast’s Fox Bid, Merger Frenzy

A court’s approval of AT&T’s merger with Time Warner paves a clear path for Comcast to bid for 21st Century Fox assets and could trigger a round of deal-making by smaller media companies trying to keep up with industry titans.
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How the DOJ’s Face-Off With AT&T Could Alter American Business

Next week, a federal judge will begin trying an antitrust case that has broad ramifications for media, technology and other industries, and could affect the government’s powers to deter large-scale corporate consolidation.
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AT&T CEO Calls for Congress to Pass ‘Internet Bill of Rights’

WASHINGTON — AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is calling for Congress to pass an “Internet Bill of Rights” as a solution to the long debate over net neutrality, including provisions that would require that internet providers not discriminate in the way they treat online traffic. “Congressional action is needed to establish an ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ […]

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U.S. Sues to Block AT&T Merger

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit challenging AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, alleging the combination of the two companies poses an unlawful threat to competition that could raise prices and slow innovation.
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AT&T CEO Will Lead Distinct Telecom, Media Units After Time Warner Merger

AT&T plans to separate its telecom operations from its media assets after clinching a takeover of Time Warner. It also will keep CEO Randall Stephenson atop the company with two lieutenants.
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Octavia Spencer, Common Among Mentors for AT&T Hello Lab’s Short-Film Initiative

AT&T has enlisted Oscar winners Octavia Spencer and Common as mentors for an initiative giving five aspiring young filmmakers funding and resources — including exclusive distribution on DirecTV Now — for their short-film projects. The mentorship program is being launched by AT&T Hello Lab, the digital studio collaboration with Fullscreen Media that produces content for… Read more »

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AT&T Wireless Store Workers Begin Weekend Strike

Thousands of AT&T Inc. employees walked off the job Friday afternoon, starting a three-day protest to demand more protections for retail workers, call-center staffers and technicians.
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AT&T, Verizon Pull Ads From Google Over ‘Hate’ Videos

AT&T and Verizon Communications pulled much of their advertising from Google over concerns that their ads may have run alongside controversial videos, extending the financial impact of a controversy.
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