AT&T-Dish Network deal seen as a go, despite EchoStar's plan to buy Hughes

EchoStar's intent to buy Hughes Communications shouldn't have any impact on AT&T's (NYSE: T) interest in acquiring Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) and EchoStar, a Wall Street analysis said.

"This acquisition really does nothing to jeopardize, or for that matter enhance, a long-rumored deal between AT&T and Dish," Paul Ausick wrote on 24/ The bigger question, he continued, is whether regulators will allow such an AT&T satellite acquisition to happen because "terrestrial cable broadband providers Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems are certain to object." Of course, as history shows, everybody and his brother objected to Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) buying NBCUniversal.

A wild card in the deal could be that EchoStar is getting what it wants from Hughes--a broadband connection, of sorts--and it wouldn't necessarily need what AT&T could bring to the business. While expensive and certainly less featured than other broadband plans, the HughesNet consumer broadband satellite plans are a boon for rural subscribers.

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- 24/ has this story
- PCMag has this story

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