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MCI WorldCom may jump into cable fray

The long distance giant may consider a bid for MediaOne as the deadline approaches for Comcast's chance at a counter bid.


  latest developments 

MCI WorldCom is reportedly considering a bid for MediaOne, the cable firm that has gathered multibillion-dollar offers from both Comcast and AT&T. Comcast has until Thursday to counter AT&T's $85-per-share bid.

"I highly doubt they [MCI WorldCom] would be favorably disposed toward an alliance."

- Greg Miller, an analyst at Jefferies & Co., in a Bloomberg report.


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update The long distance phone company may join Comcast in an attempt to outbid AT&T for MediaOne Group, a person familiar with the companies' plans says.

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MediaOne-AT&T deal pushes Comcast aside
update MediaOne Group accepts AT&T's $62 billion buyout bid, triggering a countdown for fellow cable operator Comcast to counter or walk away.

MediaOne in talks with AOL, Microsoft
update MediaOne confirms it has entered a confidentiality agreement with Microsoft and AOL for possible merger talks. (April 30, 1999)

MediaOne to negotiate deal with AT&T
update The cable operator currently juggling takeover bids from AT&T and Comcast signs on to a confidentiality agreement with the long distance giant. (April 26, 1999)

Net leaders try to stake a high-speed claim
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AT&T makes surprise bid for MediaOne
update The long distance giant makes a surprise bid for cable company MediaOne, hoping to disrupt last month's merger agreement between MediaOne and Comcast. (April 23, 1999)

Comcast to buy MediaOne in $60 billion deal
update The fourth largest U.S. cable provider agrees to acquire MediaOne Group, the third biggest U.S. cable firm, in a $60 billion stock deal that would create a broadband communications firm. (March 22, 1999)