And what it could spark in the UK
Five reasons it is a terrible idea
- Some will say AT&T must not be allowed to take over Warner Bros because once it owns the pipes and the content it will raise issues around net neutrality as it will control the network and the content.
- The fear, as was raised in 2011 when cable company Comcast bought the NBC network, is whether AT&T owning the network means it will favour its own (i.e. Warner) content over that of its rivals. In short will Americans be able to get the same access to content from all owners.
- According to the New York Times the swift opposition voiced is based on the fear of a 21st century return to the bad old days of AT&Ts monopoly of almost the entire communications infrastructure of the United States.
In July CBR interviewed AT&T chief strategy officer John Donovan. He told us about the shifting business landscape in telecoms and services.
AT&T regularly meets with the web scale players in this new ecosystem. “We talk about how the services integrate while knowing they are going after our customers and knowing that we distribute a lot of their operating systems and that they’re playing pretty heavily against us in new regulatory areas. That’s just the new world we live in. You have to get over yourself,” he says. Read the full interview.
- We know that banks can be too big to fail. But can companies be too big to succeed? AT&T took a mild swipe at Google when it bought fiber in the ground in the US saying it was a complicated business that google knew little or nothing about.
- When Time Warner last got involved with a technology company it was the infamous AOL take over of the media giant. This caused consternation at the time as it was a content provider merging with an internet access provider. Unfortunately for all concerned it turned out to be ‘the biggest mistake in corporate history.’
Four possible scenarios for the UK