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AT&T Accelerates Cingular Change

AT&T Inc. said Monday it has accelerated the rebranding of Cingular Wireless in advance of the launch of the Apple iPhone. Cingular will be known simply as AT&T. The decision to move to this phase of the branding campaign is based on research that consumer awareness of the switch is ahead of expectations, AT&T said. […]

AT&T-BellSouth Merger Hits Hurdles

WITH THE FCCS APPROVAL of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger in mid-October fraught by last-minute deal-brokering and controversy, agency Chairman Kevin J. Martin canceled consideration of the transaction altogether until November. He said he was responding to concerns voiced by Democratic Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein, although other factors likely came into […]

Groups to FCC: No AT&T-BellSouth Approvals Yet

Consumer and public interest groups are fighting back as media reports say FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin has circulated a draft order approving the $67 billion AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger. The document is said to contain few protections for competition or consumers, mirroring the limited approvals required for the Verizon Communications Inc.-MCI Inc. and AT&T-SBC […]

BellSouth Shareholders Approve Deal With AT&T

BellSouth Corp. shareholders on Friday morning voted overwhelmingly to approve the companys $67 billion merger with AT&T Inc., despite misgivings from employees about the future of their jobs and retirement benefits. This is a significant step in the merger approval process, said F. Duane Ackerman, BellSouths chairman and CEO. He said preliminary results indicated the […]

Groups to FCC: Deny AT&T-BellSouth Merger

In the face of the proposed merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., companies and associations are uniting more tangibly than they did when AT&T bought SBC and Verizon Communications Inc. bought MCI Inc. in 2005. Those mergers went through too easily, the groups say, and now they have joined to oppose such rubber stamping. […]

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