The trend for the telecommunications industry isn’t growth, it’s contraction. Specifically, companies are always looking to get with other companies and join forces, and no company is doing this quite as aggressively as AT&T. The telephone giant has already tried to buy T-Mobile only to be rebuffed by the federal government. Now they’re looking to a different industry to bolster their bottom line. That industry is the television industry, specifically satellite television provider DirecTV (the company with the great commercials). AT&T is looking to merge with DirecTV to the tune of $50 billion dollars.
As a user of both AT&T and DirecTV, I’m not crazy about this potential marriage. After all, AT&T already has its UVerse service that it should be pushing; would they add DirecTV to their offering, or would it become something like… I don’t know, Uverse Satellite? Would they rebrand UVerse television service as DirecTV Cable? I get that they want to compete with the new corporate monolith Comcast/Time Warner. I just hope it doesn’t ruin my DirecTV service; then again, I already have a ‘bundle’ service with my AT&T DSL and my DirecTV, so maybe a bundle from AT&T directly would work out to be a bit cheaper, or at least the same price? I just know that AT&T doesn’t have the best customer service these days, and the last thing I want is to have to fight to keep my bill at the right level for the life of a contract.
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