Microsoft, in a move to secure its spot in the broadband parade, takes a $5 billion stake in AT&T. The telecom giant, following its proposed acquisition of MediaOne, will be the largest cable operator in the nation.
"Microsoft wants a seat in the new broadband environment, and they bought that seat."
- Jim Balderston, Zona Research analyst
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