With its recent acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T has made itself an even bigger player in the media marketplace. Although purchases like this have happened in the past, this one looks to be promising, as long as the DOJ or FCC doesn’t find it to be a competition killer. Historically, purchases like this have fallen through due to antitrust laws put in place.
For example, last year Comcast attempted to buy Time Warner Cable, but the FCC and DOJ were afraid that Comcast could use its power in the cable industry to make other online video companies to play by its rules. So, therefore, the deal was shut down. Deals such as these have a huge effect on the media landscape because it has repercussions on accessibility and usage. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/10/23/how-the-att-time-warner-deal-could-escape-deeper-regulatory-scrutiny/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_switch-att-regulatory-402pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
Although at some point, I do feel as though there should be more freedom in the industry when it comes to things like this, I agree with what has happened because it garners competitiveness and growth in the industry, which in turns has an effect on our economy and our everyday lives.