AT&T to buy DirecTV for nearly $50 billion

US telecommunications giant AT&T clinched a deal Sunday to acquire broadcast satellite service provider DirecTV for nearly $
US telecommunications giant AT&T clinched a deal Sunday to acquire broadcast satellite service provider DirecTV for nearly $50 billion

US telecommunications giant AT&T clinched a deal Sunday to acquire broadcast satellite service provider DirecTV for nearly $50 billion.

Shareholders are set to receive $95 per share under the terms of the merger, including $28.50 per share in cash and $66.50 per share in AT&T stock, the companies announced.

A statement said the transaction, approved unanimously by both boards, is based on a total equity value of $48.5 billion and a total transaction value of $67.1 billion, including DirecTV's net debt.

A merger between the two companies would create a potent rival to cable TV giant Comcast, which hopes to expand its coverage with the pending takeover of Time Warner Cable.

DirecTV has about 20 million customers, making it the number-two pay-TV in the United States. It also has more than 18 million customers in Latin America.

AT&T said it would use the merger to expand plans to build and enhance high-speed broadband service to 15 million customer locations, mostly in rural areas.

"This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens," AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement.

DirecTV president and CEO Mike White said "US consumers will have access to a more competitive bundle, shareholders will benefit from the enhanced value of the combined company and employees will have the advantage of being part of a stronger, more competitive company."


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KBK
May 19, 2014
This is market consolidation, of entire segments of public information flow vehicles, into the hands of fewer and fewer people.

Until recently this used to be illegal. Illegal, due to strong laws put in place and Federal departments created for the sole purpose (in some important ways) of making usre this did not happen.

All due to a need to prevent fascist takeovers of entire populations via their media, and associated 'spin doctors' - their manipulation the public.

Yet, this seems to have been stuck down and now we are moving backward, very publicly- into overt fascist takeover of public information sharing systems.

Thus, the government is no longer the government of the people, it's the government of the greed and the corporation, as it works with and serves the corporations, not the people. That situation is called: fascism.

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