June 24, 19986 p.m. PT The megamerger's impact reaches into every form of communication. AT&T's blockbuster The telecom giant plans to buy the cable operator in an all-stock deal. No slam-dunk successnews analysis When it comes to mergers, AT&T doesn't have a stellar track record. PC-TV: Shotgun wedding? news analysis The merger could help speed the much-anticipated convergence. Merger faces hurdles It's not a done deal yet--at least, not until the trustbusters have spoken. AT&T, TCI, and youfirst person The merging of so many services affects life in ways that boggle the mind. Portal question revisited Analysts wonder whether buying a portal firm is the telco's next move. Stake in @Home a bonus AT&T gets a stake in @Home as a bonus that will play a pivotal role in Net access. High-speed shoot-out The merger heats up the battle between Net access technologies DSL and cable. AOL wants to play too America Online hopes to resell AT&T-TCI high-speed Net access to its customers. previous coverage Telcos hit snags in Net efforts news analysis Excite, AT&T service launches TCI moving slowly on telephony Thinking inside the box roundup Cable firms ride PC-TV wave news analysis Telcos aim for one-stop shops AT&T broadens Net strategy PC, cable giants to plug cable modems TCI buying cable modems Phone companies' new calling Are telco giants finally awakening? AT&T moves closer to @Home news analysis Telecom empires emerge A year after the Telecommunications Act was signed, many question whether it is creating new monopolies instead of achieving deregulation.