David McCourt: The real $85 billion question - why isn’t telecoms treated like a utility?

US legislators should look towards what’s already happening in Ireland, writes enet chairman

1st March, 2017
David McCourt: The real $85 billion question - why isn’t telecoms treated like a utility?
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AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner has reverberated like a gong through the technology, media and telecom sector around the world, and there’s a reason for that. It’s a deal that could change everything, and that’s why legislators must stop focusing on the wrong things and realise the real issue: now’s the time to force companies like AT&T to split their local networks from their services business, and trigger a new wave of innovation....

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