AT&T closed its landmark megamerger with Time Warner on Thursday night, completing the $85 billion deal swiftly ahead of its June 20 deadline.
The rapid moves came as the Justice Department said Thursday it would not seek a judicial stay of the deal, even as department officials remained undecided on whether to appeal a judge's decision earlier this week permitting the two companies to move forward. The quick closing could put further pressure on antitrust regulators to not continue fighting.
AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson said the merger combines the strengths of both companies.
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