AT&T’s $86B plan to buy Time Warner elicits vocal concerns

Though the telecommunications company’s CEO said the deal was ‘a perfect match of two companies with complementary strengths,’ lawmakers had less positive things to say.

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On Saturday, the company announced via a press release that it would buy Time Warner for nearly $86 billion:

The deal combines Time Warner’s vast library of content and ability to create new premium content that connects with audiences around the world, with AT&T’s extensive customer relationships, world’s largest pay TV subscriber base and leading scale in TV, mobile and broadband distribution.

In a lengthy statement, AT&T’s chairman and chief executive, Randall Stephenson, said the deal would give consumers “unmatched choice, quality, value and experiences”:

This is a perfect match of two companies with complementary strengths who can bring a fresh approach to how the media and communications industry works for customers, content creators, distributors and advertisers. Premium content always wins. It has been true on the big screen, the TV screen and now it’s proving true on the mobile screen. We’ll have the world’s best premium content with the networks to deliver it to every screen. A big customer pain point is paying for content once but not being able to access it on any device, anywhere. Our goal is to solve that. We intend to give customers unmatched choice, quality, value and experiences that will define the future of media and communications.

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