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Biggering Department: Welcome to the New, New AT&T

Mar 06, 20061 min
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Yesterday, AT&T Inc. announced that it intends to acquire BellSouth Corp. This will likely be OK’ed by the FTC and I will now have to deal with the beast for my landline, DSL, and cell phone as well.

The price tag? $67 billion in stock making it one of the largest telecom deals in history. The new mega-company, — which will include cellular provider Cingular — will have 317,000 employees, 70.9 million local land lines, 54.1 million cell phone subscribers and 9.9 million broadband Internet users. Tell me how this will be good for consumers? I predict that customer service will hit a new, all-time low and I shudder at the thought of having to deal with the “new AT&T powered by SBC underpinned by BellSouth connected by Cingular.”


Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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