As someone who's dealt with AT&T over the years, I don't think this is necessarily a good thing. Back in the day, here in the U.S., we had one provider, one 'telephone company', then the government broke up that monopoly, supposedly so we the consumers would have more choice. Since that break up, obviously a lot of changes have taken place, with technology expanding and now being used for much more than simple home phone connections. As a result of that, bills have also increased, and in many cases, customer service has decreased. I used to like AT&T, back when their service was reliable and customer service and technical support were helpful and supportive. It seems in many cases the larger a company becomes (not unlike a government), the less responsive it is to the longtime customers. It now seems that the largest companies are looking to regain power status and decrease our choices. This seems to be a power hungry move on the part of AT&T. They swallowed up DirecTV not long ago, and are now looking to take over yet another company in the industry. Here's an article with detailed information.