AT&T has closed its acquisition of BellSouth, after clearing a final regulatory hurdle.
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The rebirth of AT&T and its sudden expansion by gobbling up BellSouth, has again propelled next-generation broadband services to the front page of The Wall Street Journal. And it is not just DSL and cable vendors vying for supremacy. Verizon is investing heavily in fibre to the home (FTTH)) to boost bandwidth. At the same time, other companies are poised to leverage next-generation IEEE 802.16 WiMAX wireless to deliver metropolitan bandwidth without ditch-digging. Ultimately, we’ll choose from among them — but on what basis?