November 4, 2005 |
U.S. regulators Thursday agreed to review whether they should intervene to ensure telephone companies can easily launch subscription television services without obstacles from local officials. The Federal Communications Commission voted to seek comment on the extent of its authority over the licensing process, whether new entrants have been stymied by local officials and what steps the agency should take, if any. Verizon Communications Inc. and SBC Communications Inc., the two largest local U.S.
November 1, 2005 |
Federal regulators approved the creation of two telecommunications giants Monday, putting its imprimatur on a major transformation in the industry. The Federal Communications Commission cleared the way for SBC Communications Inc. to acquire AT&T Corp. for $16 billion and for Verizon Communications Inc. to buy MCI Inc. for $8.5 billion.
October 28, 2005 |
AT&T Corp. may be history, but its name will live on. SBC Communications Inc., which could get federal approval as early as today to acquire one of the nation's most iconic companies, said Thursday that it would adopt the AT&T name as its own. The announcement, which SBC hinted at previously, came as antitrust lawyers in the Justice Department cleared the $16-billion merger as well as the $8.5-billion purchase of MCI Inc. by Verizon Communications Inc.
October 21, 2005 |
Poised to become the nation's biggest phone company, SBC Communications Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings that appeared lackluster but showed its ability to navigate the tumult of an industry upheaval. SBC earned $1.2 billion, or 38 cents a share, down 40% from earnings of $2.1 billion, or 38 cents, in the same quarter last year. Revenue was flat at $10.3 billion.
October 20, 2005 |
California regulators Wednesday tentatively blessed two giant telephone industry mergers, but customers won't see much of the billions of dollars the companies expect to save. SBC Communications Inc.'s $16-billion acquisition of AT&T Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc.'s $8.5-billion purchase of MCI Inc. could reduce their expenses in the state by a combined total of up to $2.7 billion, consumer advocates say.
October 1, 2005 |
Antitrust lawyers at the Justice Department are in favor of approving two landmark telecommunication mergers without requiring major changes, sources close to the review process said Friday. Lawyers at the department's antitrust division are inclined to approve SBC Communications Inc.'s purchase of AT&T Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc.'s acquisition of MCI Inc.
September 1, 2005 |
SBC Communications Inc. will probably change its name to AT&T Corp. once the combination of the two companies is complete, people familiar with the matter said. The AT&T brand is likely to be chosen because it is recognized globally, said the people, who declined to be identified. Executives at San Antonio-based SBC have been considering the change since the company in January agreed to buy AT&T for $16 billion. A decision to become AT&T would keep alive a name that is synonymous with U.S.
August 25, 2005 |
SBC Communications Inc. said it would offer Yahoo Inc.'s music service to bolster content provided to its nearly 6 million high-speed Internet subscribers. The service costs $4.99 a month for an annual subscription or $6.99 monthly for unlimited listening access to a catalog of more than 1 million songs, the companies said. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo offers the service for the same prices.
August 16, 2005 |
Hewlett-Packard Co. sued a unit of SBC Communications Inc., seeking to invalidate five patents for data-handling systems. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Delaware on Aug. 12 contends that SBC Laboratories Inc. since 2001 has asked Hewlett-Packard to pay millions of dollars to license the patents. Palo Alto-based Hewlett-Packard said that it didn't infringe the patents, that they were not valid and that it expected SBC to sue.
July 26, 2005 |
California antitrust enforcers said SBC Communications Inc.'s proposed $16-billion purchase of AT&T Corp. was unlikely to harm competition for most products. In an advisory opinion filed Friday with state regulators, which are reviewing the transaction, Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer recommended only one condition of approval: a one-year pricing freeze for some high-capacity phone and data lines purchased from AT&T by competing telecommunications companies.