AT&T’s proposed purchase of Time Warner could affect many in South Carolina. If the deal goes through, whatever the impact it would have on South Carolina customers could be noticeable since both companies currently do business in some forum or another across the state.
If approved by federal regulators, AT&T would pay $85 billion for Time Warner. According to the Post and Courier, AT&T covers a large portion of the state since its acquisition of BellSouth. So most customers would end up with very few other choices if the sale is approved.
The federal government has previously said in South Carolina telecom companies face less competition than they do in many other states. Just 20 percent of customers in the state have three or more options for Internet access, the fifth-lowest rate in the country.
Only 3 percent have four choices, according to the Federal Communications Commission. For many in South Carolina, AT&T is one of those choices.
The deal would not limit the number of companies selling Internet access or cable services. AT&T would combine the media company which owns CNN, HBO and Warner Bros. Entertainment, with a company that delivers that content to TVs, computers and smartphones.