Mergers: Good for Us, Great for AT&T

on March 28, 2011

AT&T has been been making a good deal of noise lately about how great mergers are for cellular subscribers. Being the natural skeptics that we are, we decided to take a look into the data ourselves. Yes, consumer cellular costs have decreased slightly over the past eight years, but production costs have decreased by over 30%, and profits are up by almost 200% at AT&T. So yes, mergers are good for consumers, but they are GREAT for AT&T.

As you can see, profits at all three major carriers are up. If you click to the second tab, you can see the mergers that preceded these profits.


Great work, Ross. Really wonderful Viz!

There is also an interesting Economist article on this.